ENVIRONMENTAL FREE PASSES WERE KEPT QUIET

Source: The Chronicle Herald
Environmentalists say the federal government failed for years to publish hundreds of waivers it granted to organizations that freed them from having to provide information on chemicals, organ­isms and other substances for risk assessments. Mark Butler of the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax said Environment Canada only re­cently published online a backlog of more than 600 waivers dating back to 2006. They dealt with everything from aquatic toxicity tests to data on antibiotics. Butler said the department should have made the information available in the Canada Gazette soon after a waiver had been granted. (read more)