Updates on Submissions Filed with the Secretariat
Montreal, 28 February 2019—The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is moving forward with submissions on enforcement matters that have been filed with the CEC Secretariat.
Update: The CEC Secretariat is developing a factual record in accordance with Council Resolution 18-01.
The CEC Secretariat is developing a factual record, pursuant to the authorization by the CEC Council, on three issues regarding oil sands tailings ponds in northern Alberta: the state of the science on distinguishing between anthropogenic and natural sources of bitumen in water; Canada’s relationship with the Province of Alberta with respect to the submission’s assertions; and how the Oil Sands Monitoring Program is implemented.
Update: On 17 December 2018, the Secretariat recommended the development of a factual record.
In its recommendation to the CEC Council, the Secretariat determined that a factual record should be developed with respect to the alleged deficiencies in the environmental impact statement prepared for the Metrobús Reforma Mass Transit Corridor in Mexico City.
Update: Awaiting a response from Mexico
On 22 January 2019, the Secretariat notified Mexico that the submission met all admissibility requirements and requested a response from the Government of Mexico. In particular, the Secretariat requested that Mexico address alleged modification of waterways during the construction of the project.
Update: The Secretariat received a revised submission on 21 February 2019 and is now reviewing it under Article 14.
Update: The Secretariat found the submission did not meet the eligibility criteria of Article 14 and informed the submitters that unless a revised submission is received by 11 April 2019 it would dismiss the submission.
Update: The Secretariat received a submission on 22 February 2019 asserting that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws with respect to the asserted exposure to radiation among residents of Los Altares in Hermosillo, Mexico. The Secretariat is reviewing the submission under Article 14.