60 day comment period for ECCC Recovery Document -Blanding’s Turtle, Nova Scotia Population

On August 1, 2019, Environment and Climate Change Canada posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry the Action Plan for the Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), Nova Scotia Population, in Canada [Proposed version].

The document is open for a 60-day comment period. The Department will then have 30 days to consider the comments received, after which the final version of the recovery planning documents will be posted on the Public Registry.

 

The document can be found at:

https://wildlife-species.canada.ca/species-risk-registry/document/default_e.cfm?documentID=1844

New and Recent Chemicals Management Plan Docs Open for Comment

Certain Organic Flame Retardants Substance Grouping
The proposed order adding DP and DBDPE to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 was published for a 60-day public comment period ending on August 28, 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/substance-groupings-initiative/certain-organic-flame-retardants-substance-grouping.html

Zinc and its Compounds
The Draft Screening Assessment for Zinc and its Compounds and the Risk Management Scope for Zinc and Soluble Zinc Compounds were published for a 60-day public comment period ending on August 28, 2019.

https://canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/chemicals-management-plan-3-substances/zinc-compounds.html

Chlorhexidine and its Salts
The Final Screening Assessment for Chlorhexidine and its Salts and the Proposed Risk Management Approach for Chlorhexidine and its Salts were published. The deadline for comments on the DRMA is August 28.
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/evaluating-existing-substances/screening-assessment-chlorhexidine-salts.html

Risk Management Approach: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/evaluating-existing-substances/risk-management-approach-chlorhexidine-salts.html

Consultation on the Protection of Canadian Workers
A consultation document on an integrated strategy for the protection of Canadian workers from exposure to chemicals was published for a consultation period ending on August 30, 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/consulting-future-chemicals-management-canada.html

Phosphoric Acid Derivatives Group 
The Draft Screening Assessment for the Phosphoric Acid Derivatives Group was published for a 60-day public comment period ending on September 11, 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/chemicals-management-plan-3-substances/phosphoric-acid-derivatives-group.html

Formaldehyde
The proposed Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations were published for a 75-day public comment period ending onSeptember 12, 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/other-chemical-substances-interest/formaldehyde.html

Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations
The proposed Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations were published for a 75-day public comment period ending on September 19, 2019.

http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-07-06/html/reg1-eng.html

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Si vous souhaitez soumettre des commentaires sur l’un des produits chimiques mentionné ci-dessous, veuillez communiquer avec le RCSHE.

Merci!

Liz

Groupe de certaines substances ignifuges organiques
Le décret proposé visant à inscrire le DP et le DBDPE à l’annexe 1 de la Loi canadienne sur la protection de l’environnement (1999) a été publié pour une période de commentaires du public de 60 jours se terminant le 28 août 2019.
https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/initiative-groupes-substances/groupe-certaines-substances-ignifuges-organiques.html

Zinc et ses composés
L’Ébauche d’évaluation préalable du zinc et de ses composés et le Cadre de gestion des risques pour le zinc et les composés solubles du zinc ont été publiés pour une période de commentaires du public de 60 jours se terminant le 28 août 2019.
https://canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/substances-troisieme-phase-plan-gestion-produits-chimiques/zinc-composes.html

Chlorhexidine et ses sels
L’Évaluation préalable finale de la chlorhexidine et de ses sels et l’Approche de gestion du risque pour la chlorhexidine et ses sels ont été publiées. La période de commentaires du public de 60 jours pour l’Approche de gestion du risque préalable se terminant le 28 août 2019. 

’Ébauche d’évaluation préalable : https://www.canada.ca/fr/environnement-changement-climatique/services/evaluation-substances-existantes/evaluation-prealable-chlorhexidine-sels.html

L’Approche de gestion du risque : https://www.canada.ca/fr/environnement-changement-climatique/services/evaluation-substances-existantes/approche-gestion-risque-chlorhexidine-sels.html

Groupe des acides phosphoriques et dérivés
L’Ébauche d’évaluation préalable des substances du Groupe des acides phosphoriques et dérivés a été publié pour une période de commentaires du public de 60 jours se terminant le 11 septembre 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/substances-troisieme-phase-plan-gestion-produits-chimiques/groupe-acides-phosphoriques-derives.html

Consultation relative à une stratégie intégrée pour la protection des travailleurs 
Un document de consultation relative à une stratégie intégrée pour la protection des travailleurs canadiens contre l’exposition aux produits chimiques a été publié pour une période de consultation se terminant le 30 août 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/consultation-avenir-gestion-produits-chimiques-canada.html

Formaldéhyde
Le projet de Règlement sur les émissions de formaldéhyde provenant des produits de bois composite a été publié pour une période de commentaires du public de 75 jours se terminant le 12 septembre 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/autres-substances-chimiques-interets/formaldehyde.html

Règlement limitant la concentration en composés organiques volatils de certains produits 
Le projet du Règlement limitant la concentration en composés organiques volatils de certains produits a été publié pour une période de commentaires du public de 75 jours se terminant le 19 septembre 2019.

http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-07-06/html/reg1-fra.html

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Comments Needed: List of Wildlife Species at Risk in Atlantic Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada is inviting you to comment on the proposed amendment to Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA): the List of Wildlife Species at Risk.

Of the 21 terrestrial species that are eligible to be added to Schedule 1 or to have their current status on Schedule 1 changed, four are known to occur in Atlantic Canada:

Taxon Proposed Schedule 1 status Species Range Consultation path
Reptiles Special Concern Eastern Painted Turtle QC NB NS Normal
Taxon Proposed change to Schedule 1 status Species Range Consultation path
Birds From Threatened to Special Concern Common Nighthawk YT NT NU BC AS SK MB ON QC NB PEI NS NL Extended
Birds From Threatened to Special Concern Olive-sided Flycatcher YT NT NU BC AB SK MB ON QC NB PEI NS NL Extended
Birds From Special Concern to Not at Risk Peregrine Falcon anatum/tundruis YT NT NU BC AS SK MB ON QC NB NS NL Extended

For further details about this consultation opportunity, please see the document “Consultation on Amending the List of Species under the Species at Risk Act – Terrestrial Species: January 2019″ which is posted on the SARA Public Registry at: https://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/document/default_e.cfm?documentID=3378.

Please submit your comments by May 13, 2019, for terrestrial species undergoing normal consultations and by October 14, 2019, for terrestrial species undergoing extended consultations.

Nova Scotia Ministry of Energy and Mines Withholds Toxic Leak Information

“Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SuNNS) members, the 900 signatories to our petition opposing gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed and the population of Tatamagouche are shocked by the news that the Ministry of Energy and Mines has withheld information about a leaking exploration drill hole contaminating the French River Watershed area with arsenic and iron” says SuNNS spokesperson John Perkins.

“The government has been in conversation with Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SuNNS) many times since the polluting leak was discovered but not once has the leaking well been mentioned, risks explored or remediation efforts discussed. As I understand it the government has taken a hush- hush and wait and see approach” says Perkins. “It makes me wonder if the current governments open for business approach means open for business whatever the human or environmental cost” notes Perkins.

Nova Scotia already is known as a most mining – friendly place given its lax regulatory requirements and enforcement and it is this lax approach that has heightened the concerns of Tatamagouche area citizens. Minister Derek Mombourquette’s Op-Ed in January 2019 Tatamagouche Light assured residents that “ Communities have an opportunity to be involved in all stages of the exploration process” but SuNNS is now asking “how does Energy and Mines not telling Colchester County about a failed, leaking exploration drill site meet the Ministers promise?

Perkins also notes “this purposeful withholding of information – especially from the municipal water authority –about an ongoing leak adds to a complete lack of faith in the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Provincial Regulatory and enforcement frameworks”.
SuNNS demands the proper authority act to cap the contaminating drill hole!
SuNNS once again calls on the Ministry of Energy and Mines to withhold any issuing of a Request for Proposals for gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed and the six other watersheds in the current Enclosure Area. “ It never made sense before and less now; the Request for Proposals should be abandoned” says
Perkins.
SuNNS further supports the efforts of the Municipality of Colchester as it seeks “Protected “status for the French River Watershed under the Environmental Act given that the French River is the sole source of water for the Village of Tatamagouche.
SuNNS will make a formal request to meet the Premier regarding this serious threat to the Tatamagouche water
supply.
SuNNS spokesperson John Perkins concludes “I think it is fair to say that the government and any interested mining companies should expect a monumental increase in local citizen opposition to gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed.
Media Contact: John Perkins, Phone, 902-657-0406 or

Environmental Assessment: Northern Pulp

On February 7, 2019, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation (Northern Pulp) registered the Replacement Effluent Treatment Facility Project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act.

The purpose of the Project is to replace the existing effluent treatment facility (ETF) with a new one to treat wastewater received from the Northern Pulp pulp mill at Abercrombie Point, Pictou County. The Project includes a new ETF and a new effluent pipeline that will carry treated effluent to be discharged in the Northumberland Strait.

Northern Pulp intends to use an AnoxKaldnes BAS™ biological activated sludge treatment process purchased from Veolia Water Technologies, which combines moving bed biofilm reactor technology with conventional activated sludge. Once treated, effluent would be sent via an approximately 15.5 kilometers-long pipeline. The effluent pipeline would follow the Highway 106 for approximately 11.4 kilometers, then enter the marine environment near the Northumberland Ferries marine terminal, and continue for approximately 4.1 kilometers through Caribou Harbour to the Northumberland Strait where the treated effluent would be discharged via an engineered diffuser.

On February 7, 2019, all project information including the Registration Document will be available on Nova Scotia Environment website athttp://www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea/.

Please note that written comments must be provided no later than March 9, 2019 to be considered in this environmental assessment. Written comments are requested to be provided via e-mail if possible.

On or before March 29, 2019, the Minister of Environment will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval.

All comments received will be posted on the department’s website for public viewing (after the Minister of Environment has made a decision on this environmental assessment). In the case of an individual, the address, email and contact information will be removed before being placed on the website. By submitting your comments, you are consenting to the posting of your comments on the department’s website.

 

If you have any questions contact:

Helen Yeh

Environmental Assessment Officer

Nova Scotia Environment

1903 Barrington Street, Suite 2085

Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2P8

e-mail: ea@novascotia.ca

Toll-free phone number: (833) 363-4874

 

Environmental Assessment: Highway 104 Twinning Sutherlands River to Antigonish Project

Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal registered the Highway 104 Twinning Sutherlands River to Antigonish Project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act.

The purpose of the Project involves the twinning of Highway 104 between Sutherlands River (Pictou County) and Addington Forks (Antigonish County). The Project alignment is approximately 38 kilometers and will include twinning two segments of the existing alignment (approximately 28 kilometers), in addition to the construction of a new four‐lane highway (approximately 10 Kilometers) diverging to the south from the present alignment near Barneys River Station and reconnecting west of Exit 30. The Project construction may commence in 2019 and is expected to be completed within 5 years.

From December 6, 2018, all project information including the Registration Document is available on the Nova Scotia Environment website at http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea/.

Please note that comments must be provided no later than January 15, 2019 to be considered in this environmental assessment. Comments are requested to be provided via e-mail if possible.

On or before February 4, 2019, the Minister of Environment will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval. All submissions received, including personal information, will be made available for public review upon request.

Contact:

Helen Yeh

E-mail: Helen.Yeh@novascotia.ca