Montreal, 17 September 2013 — To provide a "one-stop shop" for companies around the world to better understand the “do’s and don’ts” and paperwork requirements in our region, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation has launched a multilingual online trainer on hazardous waste management at www.cec.org/hazwaste.
Montreal, 16 September 2013 — Since the call for comments was launched a few months ago, we've heard from indigenous groups, conservationists, anti-pollution activists, researchers, industry and more, on whether environmental cooperation across our borders has been successful or has fallen short over the last 20 years, and what future collaboration should look like.
Montreal, 30 August 2013 — Community groups have until Tuesday, September 10, to apply to receive a grant from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).
Montreal, 30 August 2013 — Today, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) submitted to the CEC Council (the CEC’s governing body) the draft factual record for submission SEM-05-003 (Environmental pollution in Hermosillo II).
Montreal, 27 August 2013 — The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has, after thorough review of all documentation, concluded that there are open, central questions warranting a factual record on the effective enforcement of the environmental impact assessment laws with respect to two infrastructure projects in Manzanillo, Mexico.
Montreal, 23 August 2013 — So far we’ve heard from you about a slew of environmental issues, including the need for more North American collaboration on climate change, erosion of coastal areas in the Gulf of Mexico, and reducing the impact of cross-border commercial transportation—but we want to hear more!
Montreal, 17 July 2013 — Across North America, countless active community groups are tackling environmental challenges close to home. The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) encourages these local hands-on organizations to apply for a new $1.2 million grant program launched on 11 July 2013, at the
Montreal, 16 July 2013 — The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) received a submission, SEM-13-003 (Refinery Releases in Shreveport, Louisiana), on 9 July 2013, from “Residents for Air Neutralization,” an environmental NGO focused on air quality monitoring and accident prevention in its community. The Submitter asserts that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to enforce the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA) and its amendments.
Los Cabos, Mexico, 12 July 2013 — The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (“CEC”) announced the launch of a new online portal for Submissions on Enforcement Matters (or “SEM”) established to provide members of the public with a user-friendly option for filing submissions.
Los Cabos, Mexico, 11 July 2013 — North America’s major environmental challenges—including air pollution from transportation, climate change, and the movement of hazardous waste—require joint, coordinated action in the context of the region’s shared borders and closely linked economies.
Montreal, 9 July 2013 — The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) received a submission, SEM-13-002 (Louisiana Refinery Releases), on 3 July 2013, from the “Louisiana Bucket Brigade,” an environmental nongovernmental organization focused on protecting Louisiana communities from industrial pollution. The Submitter asserts that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to use the Clean Air Act (CAA) to address “environmental hazards discovered in the agency’s July 2012 Risk Management Plan (RMP) inspection of the ExxonMobil Refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (EMBRRF).” The Submitter states that the RMP for the refinery does not comply with US environmental law and, in particular, CAA(r) 40 CFR Part 68, Accidental Release Prevention.
Montreal, 8 July 2013 — Do your neighbors carpool? Does your office parking lot have plug-ins for electric cars? Are there long lines of idling cars or freight trucks on your commute? If you look a little closer, you’ll see that every North American has small, daily encounters with the global issue of transportation and environment.
Montreal, 19 June 2013 — On Wednesday, June 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT, representatives from Ford Mexico, the US Environmental Protection Agency, General Motors, and Canadian software firm ERA Environmental Management Solutions will participate in a live, interactive panel discussion webcast from the Summit on Accelerating Innovation to Drive Sustainable Automotive Manufacturing Growth Across North America in Rochester, MI.
Montreal, 6 June 2013 — Whether by driving to work or eating food transported from elsewhere, almost every North American contributes to the environmental impact of transportation. On 10 July, the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) will host a public meeting focused on how Canada, Mexico and the United States can continue to work together to reduce the impact of moving goods and people.
Montreal, 21 May 2013 — In parts of Alaska, one in four Native infants is hospitalized each year with acute respiratory infections, and hospitalization rates for acute and chronic respiratory diseases in infants of these communities are among the highest ever documented.
Montreal, 16 May 2013 —The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is requesting public input on the CEC's draft cooperative work program for 2013-2014.
Montreal, 9 May 2013 — Join the discussion in person or live via webcast this summer with Mexican Environment Secretary Juan José Guerra, Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent, and Acting US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Bob Perciasepe when they meet on July 10-11 in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Montreal, 2 May 2013 —The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation has issued a series of practical recommendations to the top environment officials of Canada, Mexico and the United States to do more to move North America toward a truly sustainable energy economy. The recommendations were sent following a public consultation in Calgary, Alberta, on April 24 and 25. To read the advice, click here.
Montreal, 25 April 2013—January 2014 will mark 20 years since NAFTA and its environmental side agreement, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), went into effect. The NAAEC and the environmental provisions of NAFTA were intended to foster the protection and improvement of the environment throughout North America and as such, broke new ground. For the first time, trading partners addressed concerns that free trade might harm the environment by encouraging countries to create pollution havens with lax environmental standards or enforce their own environmental laws ineffectively. Members of the public were also concerned that increased economic activity associated with NAFTA might lead to increased environmental impacts and harm. To implement and oversee the NAAEC, the NAFTA partners included provisions creating the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).1 Many subsequent trade agreements entered into by Canada, Mexico or the US have been modeled substantially on NAFTA and aspects of the NAAEC.
Montreal, 22 April 2013—The North American energy sector is expanding rapidly and presents a key policy challenge for North American governments, especially with respect to environmentally responsible development. The Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) will be broadcasting live as a host of experts on this issue gather in Calgary, Alberta, on 24–25 April 2013, to share their views and interact with the public through panels and workshop sessions.
Montreal, 15 April 2013—On Monday, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation Secretariat released its final independent report: Hazardous Trade? An Examination of US-generated Spent Lead-acid Battery Exports and Secondary Lead Recycling in Mexico, the United States and Canada. The report analyzes the reported cross-border trade in lead-acid batteries and presents recommendations on how to better monitor their handling to the CEC Council, composed of Canada’s Environment Minister, Mexico's Secretary of the Environment, and the US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. To download the report, visit www.cec.org/slabs.
Montreal, 26 March 2013—Maintaining reliable, diverse and environmentally sustainable sources of energy is one of the most pressing issues facing North America. It has an impact on everything from global economic growth to individual household finance.
Montreal, 28 January 2013—Along North America’s southern Atlantic Coast, lobster fisheries are collapsing as lobsters become virtually non-existent due to warmer ocean temperatures that are forcing the lobster northward. Similarly, off the coast of San Francisco, the warming effects of climate change have brought in a new predator: Humboldt squid. These creatures normally reside in warm waters, but are moving into more temperate waters and eating up lots of juvenile rock fish, an important fish for the area’s commercial fishery.
Montreal, 25 January 2013—On 22 January 2013, the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) voted, in Council Resolution 13-01 (PDF), to make public the factual record (PDF) concerning submission SEM-03-003 (Lake Chapala II), which was filed by NGOs and local residents of Jalisco, Mexico.
Montreal, 24 January 2013—On January 28 the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) invites all who care about the future health of our oceans to join us for CECTalks: Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate. The one-hour webcast will take place on Monday, January 28 at 2 p.m. EST.
Montreal, 17 January 2013—On January 28 the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) invites all who care about the future health of our oceans to join us for CECTalks: Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate. The one-hour webcast will take place on Monday, January 28 at 2 p.m. EST.