On August 2, 2008, the federal government proposed amendments to the Law List Regulations and Inclusion List Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). If the amendments are brought into force, the following projects would be required to complete an assessment in accordance with CEAA before receiving a licence under the federal International Boundary Waters Treaty Act: (i) projects that use, divert or obstruct boundary waters (waters that cross the boundary between Canada and the United States) in a way that is likely to affect the natural level or flow of those waters in the United States; or (ii) projects that involve any dam or other obstruction in certain waters flowing from or downstream of boundary waters.

 For further information, please see www.carruthers.com/orders98/August22008PtIlawlist.pdf.