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International Update Volume 41, Issue 21

CANADA TO BOOST OIL SANDS MONITORING

Canada

Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent announced the release of a new oil sands monitoring plan last week, saying he hoped to speed up approval of a pipeline designed to transport crude to the Gulf Coast. Kent said that the oil sands industry is willing to pay the costs of the program, a $50 million tab annually that, he said, was a small price to pay for an industry estimated to generate $80 billion next year. However, the president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said that it was "premature" to say that the industry would pick up the costs.

STEELMAKERS SUE EU OVER CARBON MARKET POLICIES

EU

Steel industry body Eurofer said last week that steelmakers had begun legal action to overturn the EU's treatment of the industry in the carbon market. Eurofer said that the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which allows the most efficient 10% of factories to get free pollution permits after 2013, sets a benchmark at which no steelwork in the world could operate. The emissions benchmark is part of an effort to reduce the windfall profits received by some companies after some industries received free permits to help compete with non-EU rivals.

CARIBBEAN STATES CALL FOR END TO NUCLEAR WASTE SHIPMENTS

The Caribbean Community (Caricom) called for an end to the "dangerous environmental gamble" of radioactive waste shipments, warning of an impending transfer from Britain to Japan through the Caribbean. Spokesman Leonard Robertson said that British authorities informed regional officials that a ship would soon pass on the way to the Panama Canal. Caricom could not say the exact date or name of the ship, but said that the practice was "unacceptable and injurious." For years, Japan has sent nuclear waste to Britain and France for reprocessing and shipment back to Japan for storage.