The New Brunswick Lung Association has joined a number of environmental NGOs and charities in calling for the House of Commons to address Bill C-28, An Act to Reform the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, before parliament rests for the summer.
The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) is Canada’s cornerstone environmental law. This vast piece of legislation sets out how we regulate air and water pollution, how we assess the risk to the environment and human health posed by chemicals, organisms, hazardous waste, greenhouse gas emissions, ocean disposal, and environmental emergencies.
Last updated in 1999, CEPA has fallen out of step with modern science in a number of areas and the environmental community has long been advocating for stronger protection of our environment and our health. On April 13, 2021, Minister Jonathan Wilkinson tabled Bill C-28 in the House of Commons, proposing a number of amendments to CEPA.
Bill C-28 introduces a number of recommended amendments to CEPA specifically focused on human health. Most notably:
- recognizing that all Canadians have the right to a healthy environment; and
- updating the framework for assessing chemicals to incorporate modern science recognizing a wider scope of negative effects on human health than was understood in 1999, and consideration of vulnerable populations.
Follow this link to read the joint statement signed by NB-Lung and other concerned organizations.
Find your Member of Parliament here and contact them urging for Bill C-28 to be considered before the summer recess.