COMMISSION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION
THREE COUNTRIES WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT OUR SHARED ENVIRONMENT
Summary of the matter addressed in the submission:
The Submitter alleges that the government of Quebec, and more precisely, the Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) is failing to effectively enforce its environmental law with regard to gasoline vapour emissions from service stations in suburban Montreal.
In submission SEM-08-002 (Air Pollution in suburban Montreal), the Submitters assert that the CMM (of which Montreal, Laval, and Longueuil are members) is subject to two different bylaws on atmospheric emissions, "which results in different protection for the citizens of suburban parts of the CMM compared to that received by those on the island itself." The Submitter asserts that on the island of Montreal, but not elsewhere in the CMM, gasoline vapour emissions produced during resupply of service stations have been subject to containment since 1990. He adds that the rules applied in the suburbs are those of the Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment, and Parks. According to the Submitter, the CMM is delaying carrying out a task with which it has been entrusted by law since its inception in 2001.
Names and citations of the environmental laws in question:
Environmental law with regard to gasoline vapour emissions from service stations in suburban Montreal