SACKVILLE – An NDP government will create the Human Health & Environmental Protection Agency (HHEPA). NDP Leader Dominic Cardy made the announcement Monday at the Sackville Waterfowl Park
“Under the Liberals and Conservatives, decisions affecting our natural resources and the environment were made for political reasons rather than in the interest of a sustainable future,” Cardy said. “The recent Ombudsman’s report on the failures involved with the 2002 Water Classification Regulation shows why New Brunswickers cannot trust the Liberals and Conservatives to protect the environment. New Brunswick deserves better. The HHEPA will be independent. It will put science at the forefront.”
Heading the HHEPA would be the newly created position of Chief Provincial Scientist. The Chief Provincial Scientist and the HHEPA will have a dual role in protecting New Brunswick’s environment.
“They will be proactive in conducting research and putting New Brunswick ahead of the curve in developing leading edge environmental science and human health programs. At the same time, they will ensure all industrial projects are meeting their environmental responsibilities. This is why it is crucial this body be independent from government and the private sector.”
Funding for the research component of the HHEPA will come from stable government funding. Costs for the independent industry monitoring by the HHEPA will be borne by industry.