CEC Secretariat provides Council with the draft factual record regarding the Coal-Fired Power Plants submission

Montreal, 28 October 2013—On 25 October 2013, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) submitted to the CEC Council the draft factual record for submission SEM-04-005 (Coal-Fired Power Plants).

The governments of Canada, Mexico and United States (the “Parties”) now have 45 business days to provide any comments regarding the accuracy of the draft factual record. The Secretariat will incorporate, as appropriate, any Party comments on the document’s accuracy into the final version of the factual record. The final factual record will be released to the public if two or more members of the Council so decide.

NAAEC Articles 14 and 15 include procedures allowing private parties to make submissions to the CEC Secretariat, asserting “that a Party [to the NAAEC] is failing to effectively enforce its environmental law.” The CEC has published Guidelines for Submissions on Enforcement Matters explaining these procedures.

In appropriate cases, and upon instruction from the CEC Council, the CEC Secretariat may examine a submission further and develop a factual record.

For more information, please visit the CEC’s Submissions on Enforcement Matters webpage, and the registry of submission SEM-04-005 (Coal-Fired Power Plants).