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Pembina reacts to Bill 18

New Act is intended to ensure independent environmental monitoring

17 May 2016

EDMONTON — Andrew Read, technical and policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the introduction of Bill 18 today in the Alberta Legislature.

“This new Act will facilitate more responsive monitoring results for all of Alberta by providing the Chief Scientist and their Advisory Panel the ability to report publicly. We all benefit from a clean environment, and quickly delivered monitoring results allow us to ensure we maintain a healthy environment as our population and industry grows.

“These changes remove some of the potential political interference that was included in the previous government’s bill. That bill failed to ensure the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency was an independent entity free from influence by government or industry, or to ensure information presented is based on scientific merit and not diluted or delayed by politics.

“Albertans should expect to see more applicable and responsive information being provided to help them understand the condition of the environment in their communities.”

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Contact

kirkh [at] pembina [dot] org (Kirk Heuser)
Communications Lead, Pembina Institute 
587-585-4522

Posted May 17, 2016 by AEN

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