Plans discussed at this past February’s CCME meeting are now coming to fruition.

Today minister of the environment Jim Prentice announced new regulations for managing municipal wastewater. The proposed regulations will set national performance standards, timelines and monitoring and reporting requirements, and are expected to be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in December 2009.

Prentice made the announcement at a speech delivered to the Saint John Board of Trade, saying that the proposed regulations will ensure that the release of wastewater effluents does not pose unacceptable risks to human and environmental health and fishery resources.

The new regulations deliver on the federal commitment to implement the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Municipal Wastewater Strategy. They will be developed under the Fisheries Act for more than 4,000 wastewater treatment facilities.

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