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Proposed Regulatory Provisions for the Export and Import of Non- hazardous Waste

Environment Canada will be drafting proposed regulatory provisions for the export and import of non-hazardous waste. The regulatory provisions are intended to protect Canada's environment and the health of Canadians from potential risks posed by the transboundary movement of non-hazardous waste and to ensure that this waste is handled in an environmentally sound manner. Exports, imports, and transits of non-hazardous waste destined for recycling or recovery operations are not targeted by these proposed regulatory provisions.

This discussion document, prepared by Environment Canada, contains an abridged description of the objectives, structure, and content of the proposed regulatory provisions, as well as the operational procedures to be followed once they are put into place. Many of the ideas this document puts forward reflect input from multi-stakeholder consultations that have taken place on the subject over the past four years.

The purpose of the current consultations is to invite all stakeholders to provide their comments on the proposed regulatory provisions, raise awareness of their concerns, and contribute to the development of recommendations that are based on a common understanding of the environmental benefits to be achieved through these provisions.

Environment Canada will review all written responses received prior to drafting and publishing the proposed regulatory provisions in theCanada Gazette, Part I, and will take them into full account in drafting the legal text for the proposed regulatory provisions.

The next opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the proposed regulatory provisions will be following the publication of the provisions in the Canada Gazette, Part I anticipated in 2007/08. Please send your comments on this discussion document in writing to either of the following addresses:

Regular mail:
Waste Management
Environment Canada
Place Montcalm
70 Crémazie St., 6th Floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

Please type "Consultation on Non-Hazardous Waste" in the subject line of your message

France Jacovella
Waste Management
Environment Canada

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