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Vaquita Porpoise

Submission ID: SEM-21-002

Mexico Open August 11, 2021

The Submitters assert that "the Mexican government is failing to effectively enforce several environmental laws and as a result has caused the near-extinction of the vaquita porpoise. Only approximately 10 vaquita remain." The Submitters assert that the vaquita population has been declining precipitously for decades due to bycatch in gillnets set to catch shrimp and fish, including totoaba, a large, endangered fish that is threatened by illegal fishing for international markets.

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North Atlantic right whale

Submission ID: SEM-21-003
October 4, 2021

United States Open

The Submitter asserts that the United States is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws designed to protect the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) from the “primary human threats of fishing gear entanglement and vessel strikes, as well as stressors of climate change,...

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Vaquita Porpoise

Submission ID: SEM-21-002
August 11, 2021

Mexico Open

The Submitters assert that "the Mexican government is failing to effectively enforce several environmental laws and as a result has caused the near-extinction of the vaquita porpoise. Only approximately 10 vaquita remain." The Submitters assert that the vaquita population has been declining...

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Fairview Terminal

Submission ID: SEM-21-001
February 8, 2021

Canada Closed

The Submitter asserts that the Prince Rupert Port Authority, as an agent of the Government of Canada, is failing to effectively enforce the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. The submission asserts that the mitigation measures for the Fairview Terminal Phase II Expansion Project have not...

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Loggerhead Turtle

Submission ID: SEM-20-001
December 17, 2020

Mexico Open

The Submitters assert that the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and other environmental agencies are failing to effectively enforce provisions aimed at the protection and conservation of the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) outlined in national laws and...

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Barred Owl

Submission ID: SEM-19-004
September 30, 2019

United States Closed

The Submitter asserts that the United States is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws with respect to the lethal take of protected barred owls for scientific research without the actual study or use of the taken specimens or species. The Submitter asserts that the United States...

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Lake Memphremagog

Submission ID: SEM-19-003
July 5, 2019

Canada United States Closed

The Submitter asserts that both the United States and Canada are not effectively enforcing the International Boundary Waters Treaty with respect to water pollution in Lake Memphremagog, a cross-border lake in both Quebec and Vermont. The Submitter contends that a proposed landfill expansion in...

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City Park Project

Submission ID: SEM-19-002
April 16, 2019

Mexico Open

The Submitter asserts that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws with respect to the City Park project in the city of León, Guanajuato, Mexico. In submission SEM-19-002 (City Park Project), the Submitter asserts that the León municipal authorities illegally...

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Radiation Exposure in Los Altares

Submission ID: SEM-19-001
February 22, 2019

Mexico Closed

The Submitter asserts that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws with respect to exposure to radiation among residents of Los Altares in Hermosillo,...

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Grand-Brûlé—Saint Sauveur Supply Line

Submission ID: SEM-18-005
December 7, 2018

Canada Closed

The Citizen Advisory Committee of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard (Comité aviseur de citoyens de Saint-Adolphe d’Howard) and a group of residents assert that the province of Quebec is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws with respect to a power supply line project that will...

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Chileno Bay Club

Submission ID: SEM-18-004
November 9, 2018

Mexico Closed

The Submitter asserts that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental law with respect to the Chileno Bay Club tourism development located in the municipality of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur. The submitter maintains that the project developer went beyond the authorized scope of...

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Hydraulic Fracturing in Nuevo Leon

Submission ID: SEM-18-003
October 3, 2018

Mexico Open

The Submitter asserts that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental law applicable to hydraulic fracturing in the municipality of Los Ramones in the State of Nuevo Leon,...

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Metrobús Reforma

Submission ID: SEM-18-002
February 2, 2018

Mexico Open

The Submitters assert that Mexican federal authorities, the government of Mexico City (CDMX), and three of its boroughs are failing to effectively enforce environmental laws with respect to the construction of Line 7 of the bus rapid transit system (“Metrobús”). In SEM-18-002 (Metrobús...

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Transboundary Agricultural Burning

Submission ID: SEM-18-001
January 10, 2018

Mexico Closed

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...

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Alberta Tailings Ponds II

Submission ID: SEM-17-001
June 26, 2017

Canada Closed Factual Record

Anyone may follow the status of and obtain information about any Submission on Enforcement Matters by consulting this Registry of Submissions. The CEC also maintains a compliance tracker to provide the public with information about SEM process...

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Monterrey VI Aqueduct

Submission ID: SEM-16-002
July 11, 2016

Mexico Closed

Submission SEM-16-002 asserts that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws with respect to the Monterrey VI Aqueduct project. The Submitter, a group in Mexico which has requested confidentiality, asserts that the transfer of water by pipeline from the Panuco River in the...

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Agricultural Waste Burning in Sonora

Submission ID: SEM-16-001
January 22, 2016

Mexico Closed Factual Record

Anyone may follow the status of and obtain information about any Submission on Enforcement Matters by consulting this Registry of Submissions. The CEC also maintains a compliance tracker to provide the public with information about SEM process...

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Municipal Wastewater Drop Shafts

Submission ID: SEM-15-003
November 3, 2015

United States Closed

Submission SEM-15-003 (Municipal Wastewater Drop Shafts) asserts that the United States is failing to effectively enforce the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) regarding sewer drop shafts used to convey municipal wastewater. Submission SEM-15-003 (Municipal Wastewater Drop Shafts)...

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Management of Analog TV Waste

Submission ID: SEM-15-002
August 24, 2015

Mexico Closed

Submission SEM-15-002 (Management of Analog TV Waste) was filed by several individuals and NGOs in Mexico, asserting that while millions of TV sets are being discarded as a result of the so-called "analog blackout" (the conversion from analog to digital TV broadcasting), a management plan...

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La Primavera Forest

Submission ID: SEM-15-001
July 20, 2015

Mexico Closed

Submission SEM-15-001 (La Primavera Forest) was filed by two individuals in Mexico, asserting that the Santa Anita Hills housing development project is causing the destruction of a netleaf oak forest, and questioning the legality of the change in land use from forest to urban area and the...

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Refinery Releases in Shreveport, Louisiana

Submission ID: SEM-13-003
July 9, 2013

United States Closed

The Submitter asserts that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to enforce the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA) and its amendments. In particular, the Submitter asserts that the US failed to enforce 42 USC § 7401 (c), by not issuing “an Administrative Order mandating that...

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