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A continental divide

2006

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Yet despite the depth of the relationship between the two nations, some scholars, practitioners, and citizens claim the relationship is deteriorating, that the assumption of smooth and friendly relations between Canada and the US is losing its currency. [...] It is easy to compile a list of recent irritants in the Canada-US border relationship, such as the softwood lumber dispute, the closure of the US border to Canadian beef, and the Devil’s Lake diversion project. [...] The agreement was one both sides could live with: for Teck Cominco, its rejection of the UAO on the grounds of extraterritoriality was satisfied and the agreement does not require the company to accept liability for the site; for the EPA, the mining company agreed to fund a remedial investigation into Lake Roosevelt. [...] Not surprisingly, the company ensured that the agreement reached in June 2006 relieved them of liability for the site, though they did agree to fund the investigation into the alleged contamination of the reservoir. [...] And finally, it must be noted that the key parties to the dispute were not the federal governments—the signatories to the Treaty—but were instead the EPA (though it is an arm of the executive branch of government) and Teck Cominco, as well as the BC government, which is responsible for issuing permits to the mining operation at Trail.

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environment government politics water international law civil law diplomacy international relations jurisdiction law sovereignty superfund cercla reservoir north american free trade agreement anti-dumping treaty state sovereignty devils lake (north dakota) devil’s lake sovereign state helms–burton act lake roosevelt

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