Today, Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou West, Karla MacFarlane re-introduced the Clean Air Act. A similar law is already enacted in New Brunswick.
MacFarlane says we need to strike the right balance between protecting jobs and the environment.
“Creating good paying jobs, and building the economy up should be a top priority for this Liberal government, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of the environment,” says MacFarlane. “We shouldn’t have to choose between jobs from traditional industries and clean air, it’s a dated misconception.”
The Act lays out detailed requirements for maintaining the air, land and water quality in Nova Scotia and it places responsibility on the polluter for any damage or negative impacts the release of a substance has on the environment and on the health of residents.
“Now more than ever, we need legislation that holds industry accountable and responsible for any damage,” says MacFarlane. “Local residents, in Pictou and throughout the province, who voice concerns about emissions need to be heard. They must feel confident that the law is strong enough and that there is real transparency.”
MacFarlane is calling on all members of the legislature to support the Bill and put an end to the school of thought that if Nova Scotians want jobs associated with certain industries, they must be prepared to live with unnecessary, often unpleasant, consequences.
“I have full confidence that industries will work within the law and do their part for the environment, but this government needs to show leadership and pass our Bill,” concludes MacFarlane.