04/05/2004

Toronto, Ont., April 5, 2004 - AMO reacts to the Minister of Environment, the Hon. Leona Dombrowsky’s announcement of changes to the EA process, including the appointment of municipal representatives to an advisory panel.
“Addressing duplication between Provincial and Federal environmental assessment process will give municipal governments some much needed clarity on approval of infrastructure projects,” said AMO President Ann Mulvale. “It’s also encouraging that the panel will consider the fact that different categories of projects may need a different process.”

A Ministry of Environment discussion paper to be released shortly will consider a number of options for achieving 60% waste diversion, including increased composting, phasing in a ban on organics, source separation and promoting packaging reduction.

“Municipal recycling programs are subject to a number of rules and regulations, and it looks like there could be more,” commented Mulvale.  “Municipalities work at the end of the waste stream and it would be prudent to find out how we can work harder on the front end where the packaging is produced, and efforts for new technologies and recycling uses.”

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 95 per cent of Ontario’s population.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.
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