CEC receives a submission on transboundary impacts from agricultural burning in Mexico

January 16, 2018

Montreal, 16 January 2018—On 10 January 2018, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) received a submission from a resident of the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation in the United States along the US (Arizona)/Mexican border, asserting that her village is being impacted by “unannounced episodes of smoke drift from Mexico (agricultural burns).” According […]

Submission filed with the CEC asserts that Canada is failing to enforce the Fisheries Act with respect to Tailings Ponds

July 7, 2017

Montreal, 7 July 2017—The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) received on June 26 a submission asserting that Canada is failing to effectively enforce a pollution prevention provision of the Canadian federal Fisheries Act (the “Fisheries Act”) with respect to alleged leaking of deleterious substances from oil sands tailings ponds operations in the province […]

CEC Council approves the development of a factual record concerning agricultural waste burning in Sonora, Mexico

June 13, 2017

Montreal, 13 June 2017—In an unanimous vote, the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has directed the Secretariat, through Council Resolution 17-03, to develop a factual record concerning the Agricultural Waste Burning in Sonora submission. Filed in January 2016, the submission, from a submitter residing in Mexico who requested that their identity remain confidential, asserts […]

Update on submissions filed with the CEC Secretariat

April 27, 2017

Montreal, 1 June 2018—The Submission on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is moving forward with submissions that have been filed recently with the CEC Secretariat. Alberta Tailings Ponds II Update: On 19 April 2018, the Secretariat recommended that Submission SEM-17-001 (Alberta Tailings Ponds II) warrants the development of a […]

Update on active submissions filed with the CEC Secretariat

December 19, 2016

Montreal, 19 December 2016—The Submission on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is progressing on several current submissions that have been filed with the CEC Secretariat. Here is a status report on the most recent developments. Monterrey VI Aqueduct Update:  On 26 September 2016 the CEC Secretariat received a revised […]

CEC Council votes for publication of a factual record concerning the Wetlands in Manzanillo submission

September 28, 2016

Montreal, 28 September 2016—The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) voted to make public the factual record concerning submission SEM-09-002 (Wetlands in Manzanillo), filed with the Secretariat by Bios Iguana, A.C., a Mexican organization, and Esperanza Salazar Zenil, an individual. The submission asserts that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental law in connection with […]

CEC receives submission on aqueduct project in Monterrey, Mexico

July 20, 2016

Montreal, 20 July 2016—The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) received a submission on 11 July 2016, which asserts that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws in relation to the construction and operation of an aqueduct from Veracruz to Monterrey. The Submitter, a group in Mexico which has requested confidentiality, asserts that […]

CEC Secretariat takes action on submissions on enforcement matters

March 4, 2016

Montreal, 4 March 2016—The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has taken action on three Mexican submissions. The Secretariat delivered a draft factual record to the CEC Council on two gas infrastructure facilities in Mexico, requested a response from Mexico on allegations regarding analog TV waste, and determined that a submission on agricultural […]

CEC receives a submission on agricultural waste burning activities in Sonora, Mexico

January 26, 2016

Montreal, 26 January 2016— The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) received a submission on 22 January 2016 asserting that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its climate change and air quality laws in relation to the burning of agricultural waste. The Submitter, an individual in Mexico, asserts that every year an estimated 100 metric tons of […]

CEC Secretariat moves forward on two submissions

January 21, 2016

Montreal, 21 January 2016—Today, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) issued two determinations requesting responses from the United States and Mexico with respect to separate submissions filed by residents of North America. These requests for responses are part of the CEC’s submissions on enforcement matters (SEM) process. Upon receipt of the responses, the […]

NEW CEC VIDEO: Using the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s Submissions on Enforcement Matters Process

January 14, 2016

Montreal, 14 January 2016—Today, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) released a short video that describes the Submissions on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process established under Articles 14 and 15 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). The SEM process allows residents of Canada, Mexico and the United States to submit their environmental enforcement concerns to […]