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CO 2 Emissions – Will Alberta Meet the Test for Equivalency?

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As part of its goal of regulating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on a sector-by-sector basis, the Federal Government published the draft Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-fired Generation of Electricity Regulations (the Regulations) on August 27, 2011, pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA).

On September 5, 2012, Environment Canada announced that the Regulations have now been finalized, the official version of which will be published in an upcoming edition of the Canada Gazette. The Federal Government’s authority to enact the Regulations arises pursuant to section 93(4) of CEPA, under which the Governor in Council is granted the power to regulate any toxic substances specified in Schedule 1 of CEPA, which has included CO2 since 2005.

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