CEC delivers final factual record regarding the Coal-fired Power Plants submission

April 3, 2014

Montreal, 4 April 2014—On 11 March 2014, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) submitted to the CEC Council a final factual record on submission SEM-04-005 (Coal-fired Power Plants). The submission was filed on 20 September 2004, by Friends of the Earth Canada, Friends of the Earth-US, Earthroots, Centre for Environmentally Sustainable Development, […]

CEC Secretariat requests information from Canada on BC Salmon, and terminates a United States submission on Louisiana Refinery Releases

November 8, 2013

Montreal, 8 November 2013—The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has submitted a request to the Government of Canada for further information in response to a letter from Canada concerning submission SEM-12-001 (BC Salmon Farms). In the BC Salmon Farms submission, the Submitters assert that Canada is failing to effectively enforce certain provisions of the federal Fisheries Act. In the letter, received […]

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

October 28, 2013

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 […]

CEC Council instructs the Secretariat to develop a factual record for a submission on environmental pollution in Hermosillo

June 22, 2012

Montreal, 22 June 2012—The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) announced today that it has voted in favor of instructing the CEC Secretariat to prepare a factual record for citizen submission SEM-05-003 (Environmental Pollution in Hermosillo II). The submission, filed with the CEC Secretariat on 30 August 2005, by Academia Sonorense de Derechos Humanos, A.C. and Mr. Domingo Gutiérrez […]

CEC Council instructs the Secretariat to develop a factual record on the Ex Hacienda El Hospital submissions

June 22, 2012

Montreal, 22 June 2012—The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) announced today that it has voted in favor of instructing the CEC Secretariat to prepare a factual record for consolidated citizen submissions SEM-06-003 (Ex Hacienda El Hospital II) and SEM-06-004 (Ex Hacienda El Hospital III). Consolidated submissions SEM-06-003 and SEM-06-004, filed with the Secretariat on 17 July and 22 September 2006, respectively, […]

CEC Secretariat provides Council with draft factual record regarding the Lake Chapala II submission

May 29, 2012

Montreal, 29 May 2012—Yesterday, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) submitted the draft factual record for submission SEM-03-003 (Lake Chapala II) to the CEC’s Council of federal environment ministers. The Lake Chapala II submission was filed by the Instituto de Derecho Ambiental, Fundación Lerma-Chapala-Santiago-Pacífico, Sociedad Amigos del Lago de Chapala, Comité Pro-Defensa de Arcediano, Amigos de la Barranca, Ciudadanos […]

CEC receives a submission on BC salmon farms

February 17, 2012

Montreal, 17 February 2012—On 10 February 2012, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (“CEC”) received a citizen submission filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society, the Kwikwasu’tinuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation, and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (together, the “Submitters”). The Secretariat subsequently received a version […]

CEC receives a submission on polar bear protection

December 8, 2011

Montreal, 8 December 2011—On 5 December 2011, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) received a citizen submission filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (the “Submitter”). The Submitter asserts that Canada is failing to effectively enforce Canada’s Species at Risk Act (the “Act” or “SARA”) by failing to list the polar bear in a timely manner as […]

CEC receives a second submission on the Sumidero Canyon

December 1, 2011

Montreal, 1 December 2011—On 29 November 2011, Comité Pro-Mejoras de la Ribera Cahuaré (the “Submitter”) filed a submission with the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) under Article 14(1) of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). The Submitter asserts that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws with respect to the operations […]

What do you think about the CEC’s process of citizen submissions on the effective enforcement of environmental laws?

November 7, 2011

Montreal, 7 November 2011—The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has received the responses to the questionnaire sent to all submitters, both past and present, to evaluate their experiences with the CEC mechanism known as the “Citizen Submissions on Enforcement Matters Process.” Now we would like to hear your […]

CEC Council instructs Secretariat to cease preparation of factual record on Species at Risk submission

April 20, 2011

Montreal, 20 April 2011—On 15 April 2011, the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), through Council Resolution 11–02, instructed the Secretariat to proceed no further with preparation of a factual record regarding Submission SEM-06-005 (Species at Risk). The Submission, filed on 10 October 2006, by a consortium of Canadian organizations, asserted that Canada is […]

CEC receives a submission on treatment of PCB-contaminated soils in Grandes-Piles, Québec

January 14, 2011

Montreal, 14 January 2011—On 11 January 2011, Bennett Environmental Inc. (the “Submitter”) filed with the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) a citizen submission SEM-11-001 (PCB Treatment in Grandes-Piles, Quebec) asserting that Canada, and more specifically the province of Québec, is failing to effectively enforce Québec’s Environment Quality Act (“Act” or “EQA”) and the Regulation Respecting […]