"Group Wants Probe of B.C. Salmon Farms"

"Officials at an environment commission established under the North American free-trade agreement are calling for an investigation into whether Canada is enforcing pollution laws around salmon farms in British Columbia.

In a statement released Thursday, the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation said there are grounds to investigate complaints 'that Canada is failing to effectively enforce fish habitat protection and pollution prevention provisions … in relation to salmon aquaculture operations authorized by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in coastal B.C.'

The CEC’s three-member governing council – which is made up of the highest-ranking environmental officials of Canada, Mexico and the U.S. – now has until Aug. 12 to vote on whether to accept the secretariat’s recommendation."

Mark Hume reports for the Toronto Globe and Mail May 22, 2014.

Friday, May 23, 2014