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Alberta joins legal challenge against plastic law

Alberta will challenge federal law labeling all plastic-made items as “hazardous substances” under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Premier Jason Kenney said Thursday the province’s attorney general has filed notice in the Federal Court of Canada that Alberta will file in a lawsuit alleging the label is unconstitutional.

“It is time for Alberta to exercise our rights in the union once again to stand up and defend our interests,” said Kenney, adding that the provincial government has never seen decided to appeal to the court on constitutional issues.

“It’s always a tool of last resort – but one that we’ve used effectively in the past when Alberta’s interests were at stake.”

Kenney said the list was a “serious threat” to Alberta’s economic interests.

“We have Canada’s largest petrochemical sector and are on track for major expansion, with $18 billion in newly announced low-emission petrochemical projects in the province.

“The future energy transition is only possible with a broader reliance on lightweight plastic products, an essential part of our daily lives.

“The federal decision to list perfectly safe plastic consumer products as a ‘hazardous substance’ is an exaggeration and could undermine investor confidence in the petrochemicals sector that uses tens of thousands of Canadians.”

The case in which the province is intervening has been brought before federal court by the Coalition for Responsible Plastics, Dow Chemical, Imperial Oil and Nova Chemicals.

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