Definition of “environmental protection action”
11. In this Part, “environmental protection action” means an action under section 22.
Marginal note:Establishment of Environmental Registry
12. The Minister shall establish a registry, to be called the Environmental Registry, for the purpose of facilitating access to documents relating to matters under this Act.
Marginal note:Contents of Environmental Registry
13. (1) The Environmental Registry shall contain notices and other documents published or made publicly available by the Minister, and shall also include, subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act,
(a) notices of objection and of any approval granted under this Act;
(b) a copy of every policy and of every proposed regulation or order made under this Act; and
(c) copies of documents submitted to a court by the Minister relating to any environmental protection action.
Marginal note:Form and manner of Environmental Registry
(2) The Minister may determine the form of the Environmental Registry, how it is to be kept and how access to it is to be provided.
Marginal note:Protection from civil proceeding or prosecution
14. (1) Despite any other Act of Parliament, no civil or criminal proceedings may be brought against any person mentioned in subsection (2) for the full or partial disclosure in good faith of any notice or other document through the Environmental Registry or any consequences of its disclosure.
Marginal note:Persons protected
(2) The persons against whom the proceedings may not be brought are Her Majesty in right of Canada, the Minister and any person acting on behalf of or under the direction of the Minister.
Rights under Other Parts
Marginal note:Additional rights
15. The rights conferred by this Part are in addition to the right to request the addition of a substance to the Priority Substance List, the right to file a notice of objection under Parts 1, 5, 7 and 11 and the right to request under Parts 5, 7 and 11 that a board of review be established under section 333.
Marginal note:Voluntary reports
16. (1) Where a person has knowledge of the commission or reasonable likelihood of the commission of an offence under this Act, but is not required to report the matter under this Act, the person may report any information relating to the offence or likely offence to an enforcement officer or any person to whom a report may be made under this Act.
Marginal note:Request for confidentiality
(2) The person making the report may request that their identity, and any information that could reasonably be expected to reveal their identity, not be disclosed.
Marginal note:Requirement for confidentiality
(3) No person shall disclose or cause to be disclosed the identity of a person who makes a request under subsection (2) or any information that could reasonably be expected to reveal their identity unless the person authorizes the disclosure in writing.
Marginal note:Employee protection
(4) Despite any other Act of Parliament, no employer shall dismiss, suspend, demote, discipline, harass or otherwise disadvantage an employee, or deny an employee a benefit of employment, by reason that
(a) the employee has made a report under subsection (1);
(b) the employee, acting in good faith and on the basis of reasonable belief, has refused or stated an intention of refusing to do anything that is an offence under this Act; or
(c) the employee, acting in good faith and on the basis of reasonable belief, has done or stated an intention of doing anything that is required to be done by or under this Act.
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