Public Consultation for Proposed Flare Disposal Amendment Nearing End

The BC Marine Trades Association is reminding the recreational marine industry that public consultation is nearing completion regarding an amendment to pyrotechnics (flares) legislation that Natural Resources Canada introduced in March.

The proposed amendment, now in Canada Gazette Part 1, introduces a lifecycle management process allowing recreational boaters and retailers to return flares to where they were purchased. There has also been consideration about reducing the number of flares required on boats by 50 percent.

Industry members who wish to show support for Natural Resources Canada's proposal for the lifecycle management program should submit comments by May 31. After comments are received and evaluated (which may result in changes), the Regulations will then be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, and enter into force in January 2013.

Canada's Regional Recreational Boating Advisory Councils are also encouraging industry members to share their thoughts about the potential reduction of the number of flares to be carried as well as alternatives to flares.

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