Proposed Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations, pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999), and proposed Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations, pursuant to the Fisheries Act, were both published in the December 19, 2009 edition of the Canada Gazette Part I.

Provincial, territorial and federal laws require, in most cases, notification of the same events involving a release or a deposit of a substance into the environment. To avoid duplication of effort, the proposed Notification Regulations designate and prescribe, respectively, the persons providing 24-hour emergency telephone service in each province or territory, enabling them to now receive notifications under CEPA, 1999 and the Fisheries Act that would otherwise have been made directly to Environment Canada. The proposed Notification Regulations would come into force on the day on which they are registered.

Corresponding proposed Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Fisheries Act, which were also published in the December 19, 2009 Canada Gazette Part I, propose to remove current notification requirements in the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER) and the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations (PPER) on the same day the proposed Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations come into force.

For further information, please see:

http://canadagazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2009/2009-12-19/html/reg4-eng.html