27 October 2016
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Greens to table bill to stop bottled water exports
Green Party of PEI Leader Peter Bevan-Baker intends to table a Private Member’s Bill this fall that will outlaw the export of bottled water from the province.
“Minister Mitchell has said he will not put a hold on new water export developments, despite the fact that Government is currently working on a new Water Act that he says will cover bottled water,” said Bevan-Baker. “The Pure Island Waters project is up for approval now but we have no way to control or even properly monitor a bottled water industry. We need to put in some rules if we decide to go ahead with this.”
Bevan-Baker has called for a moratorium on bottled water developments until after the Water Act is passed. The Private Member’s Bill is intended to be temporary, and could be repealed when the new Water Act is passed.
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Ontario recently announced a two-year moratorium on any new bottled water developments while it reviews its regulations governing the industry.