James Alexander Jerome (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)
Mr. J. A. Jerome (Parliamentary Secretary to President of the Privy Council):
I am informed by the Departments of the Environment and Transport as follows: 1. The Federal Government is preventing pollution through the application of anti-pollution legislation, such as the Fisheries Act, the Canada Water Act and the Canada Shipping Act, and through such agreements as the Canada/United States Agreement and the Canada/Ontario Agreement. The Department of Transport enforces the Oil Pollution Prevention Regulations and the Garbage Pollution Prevention Regulations throughout the Great Lakes. These
Regulations apply to ships and both carry a possible fine of $100,000 against offenders. Marine surveyors employed by the Department of Transport investigate reports of infractions of these regulations and lay charges whenever necessary. Coast Guard vessels employed by the Department of Transport carry out regular surveillance in Great Lakes waters. A Coast Guard aircraft with departmental surveyors acting as observers also carries out regular anti-pollution patrols throughout the area.
2. The Garbage Pollution Prevention Regulations were promulgated specifically to deal with the problem of waste from vessels in the Great Lakes and in other Inland Waters.
Subtopic: POLLUTION-GREAT LAKES