Investigations, prosecutions for polluting in Canada down sharply since 2015

Article Link: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/inspections-prosecutions-for-polluting-in-canada-down-sharply-since-2015-2

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

OTTAWA — Environment Canada has been doing fewer inspections, investigations and prosecutions over the last five years to enforce a law protecting people from toxic chemicals and air pollution. According to figures provided last month in response to a written question submitted in the House of Commons, the department investigated 43 companies for violations of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act in 2015-16. There were 22 prosecutions and convictions. In each of the last two fiscal years, however, the department investigated 12 companies. One was prosecuted and convicted.