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PDF Files on the DEC Web Site


Portable Document Format (PDF) is an open standard for electronic document exchange. In general, PDF documents look like the original print version of a document, but can contain features, such as links and fillable form fields. PDF files are largely created by Adobe Acrobat software and can only be read on computers equipped with an appropriate PDF document reader. Adobe offers a PDF reader called Adobe Reader, which you can download from their site free of charge. Visitors to the DEC web site may need to download the reader as described below in order to view all of our offerings.

DEC is committed to using HTML format for regulations, for the ENB, and for other information required by statute to be made public. In general, we will use PDF format only for long documents originally prepared for paper distribution, such as manuals and reports, for forms, and for documents which cannot be made available electronically unless scanned. Longer PDF documents will have a Table of Contents posted in HTML. When we use PDFs, we try to improve their usability through the use of bookmarks and links.

Adobe Reader

We recommend that our users use the latest version of Adobe Reader currently available as some PDF documents may not open properly with older Adobe Reader versions. It can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe Reader download page. A link to the download page is available in the right column of this page under Links Leaving DEC's Website. Many other free readers are also available for download, such as Foxit Reader and Nitro PDF Reader.

PDF Forms

Some pages on this web site contain PDF forms and some of these must be printed and filled out manually, while others have interactive features added so that they can be filled out electronically. Depending on what browser you use and its settings, results of filling out forms from within the browser can vary. Therefore, when filling out forms electronically, it is recommended that you download the form; save it to your computer and; open it up with the latest version of the Adobe Reader.


DEC is committed to providing a web site that is highly accessible to all individuals, regardless of special needs. We will minimize the use of PDF documents, particularly for our core content and documents of legal significance. Where PDFs are used, contact information will be available where an alternative electronic or print version of the document may be obtained.

Additional information on the accessibility of PDF documents may be obtained from Adobe's accessibility resources page.

Difficulty Opening or Printing a PDF Document

Many of the documents posted on the DEC web site were originally created with WordPerfect and may contain proprietary WordPerfect fonts. When necessary, we have attempted to embed these fonts in the document so that the user can view the document the way that it was intended. If incorrect fonts make a document unreadable, or if you have trouble opening/printing any PDF file, please contact the office listed on the page that links to the document for a copy in an alternative electronic or print format.

Please note that the Department of Environmental Conservation cannot advise you on how to install or run any particular software, and cannot provide technical assistance with the use of Adobe Acrobat. Please contact Adobe directly if you encounter any difficulty using their products.