On January 11, 2011, Environment Canada published notice that the Rules of Procedure for Boards of Review pursuant to CEPA,1999 had been amended. The amendments permit the Board to require the Minister or a party to file a written summary, of facts and evidence to be presented, the names of witnesses to be called and a summary of their evidence, seven days prior to the hearing.

The Board’s hearings are to be conducted in public, and information provided to the Board for the purpose of an inquiry shall be placed on the public record, unless such information or evidence is confidential pursuant to specified provisions of the Privacy Act. Amendments were also made addressing the awarding of costs.