27 Apr '12, 1am

Science Matters: Environmental rules should be better, not easier

Science Matters: Environmental rules should be better, not easier

Eliminating environmental reviews for some projects altogether, shifting responsibility to the provinces, and severely cutting back on staff and agencies that provide management and information are not ways to make processes more efficient; they're ways to accelerate approval of major projects, making the short-term interests of industry a higher priority than protecting the air, land, and water we all need to stay healthy. Provincial regulations are not always consistent, they're often weaker than federal rules, and they don't necessarily take into account the impact of decisions in one province on people in others. Remember also that B.C. approved a mining company's proposal to destroy Fish Lake near Williams Lake, but a subsequent federal review rejected it. Other changes that could profoundly affect the way industrial and environmental concerns are considered include a...

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2012/04/...

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