The Protection of the Environment Through Law Essay

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The protection of the environment through law is unsuccessful; as the protection of the environment has just recently begun to take affect. The protection and conservation of the environment has been a concern since the 1880’s; when European settlers came to Canada, and discovered its wealth of natural resources.
The protection of the environment however has just recently become the major issue that it is in today’s society. People worldwide have slowly begun to realize and become aware of the blatant destruction and deterioration of the environment and ozone. As well as the consequences and side affects, that we, as a society have created. The majority of people are just becoming aware of the frightening reality of the situation. As
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The Canadian government has created several environmental protection acts, to protect the environment. The three main acts of environmental protection in Canada are: the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the Environmental Assessment Act, and the Environmental Bill of Rights. These acts define and outline the rules and regulations for the protection of the environment.

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act or CEPA was passed in 1971. CEPA’s main purpose is: “to provide for the protection and conservation of the natural environment”. The Canadian Environmental Protection Act regulates the statutes regarding the contamination of the environment. Whether the contamination takes the form of a spill, or the improper dumping of waste, CEPA deals with the consequences of the action. Whether an individual dumped the waste, allowed the dumping to occur, or just did not report the action or spill, all could be fined under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Although CEPA is designed to prosecute offenders and enablers alike, it is only so effective. To apprehend companies or individuals polluting the environment with contaminates, takes an investigation, as well as time and costly expenses, such as water or soil sampling and testing. Under CEPA, the government is not liable to take any actions, as there are no penalties for

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