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Department
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Course
AST101H1
Professor
Michael Reid
Semester
Fall

Description
February 16, 2012 Sathya Sivapathasundaram What is Environmental Law? Environmental laws are put in to enforce an eco-friendly environment in today’s society. Due to high levels of pollution and toxic chemicals formed by industries, we as human beings are vulnerable considering that we were diagnosed with various diseases along with cancer. By developing treaties and statutes, the negative effect human beings have towards the environment lessens and the law is designed to protect natural habitats. Brief History of CEPA The Canadian Environmental Protection Act also known as CEPA was developed to avoid the human abuse to the environment. The presence of substances that create harm to the environment was on the rise large industrial corporations. Toxic chemicals formed by industries and the polluted air have caused vital environmental disasters such as the extinction in wildlife habitat. In addition we as humans are vulnerable to pollution and toxic chemicals which results to various unknown diseases and cancer. In the mid 1980’s, the Government of Canada realized its loss in the environment particularly the damage in the Ozone layer which has caused a threat to human beings. Therefore it released a protection law which is known as the Environmental Protection Law that enforces a green environment. After the approval of the legislation, the bill was an act and it came into force on March 31 , 2000. CEPA had reinforced the environment we live in today and many significant changes were made and some however generated controversy among industries. Update to CE
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