Strange bedfellows: industry and eco-advocates lobby together on CEPA reforms
By Jolson LimJun. 13, 2018
Industry and environmental groups are pushing Environment Minister Catherine McKenna on reforms to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which Ottawa is carefully reviewing for the first time in 20 years.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is expected to provide the government position on the House's recommendations to improve a core environmental protection law this month. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Two leading environmentalist groups and Canada’s largest chemicals industry association have formed an unexpected alliance in pushing the federal government for consensus reforms to what is arguably the country’s most important environmental law.
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