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Stakeholder Input Sought for Two Priorities under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 – Time Limited!

2012-04-10

Image of a microphone | © Brian Jackson / 99652324 / photos.comTwo new proposals (one to conclude that triclosan is entering the environment in a manner that poses a risk to the environment, and the other on an approach to address polymers that have been identified for priority action) are currently available for stakeholder input over a 60-day public comment period.

1)     Triclosan Preliminary Assessment

The release of the preliminary assessment on triclosan was announced in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on March 31, 2012, the start of its 60-day public comment period.

The preliminary assessment proposes to conclude that triclosan is entering the environment in concentrations or quantities or under conditions that pose a risk to the environment, and therefore, that triclosan meets one or more of the criteria set out in section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. Under section 64, substances are considered harmful if they are entering or could enter the environment in quantities or concentrations or under conditions that:

  • have or may have an immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment or its biological diversity;
  • constitute or may constitute a danger to the environment on which life depends; or
  • constitute or may constitute a danger to human life or health in Canada.

Substances that meet the criteria set out in section 64 may be added to Schedule 1 of the Act and be considered for various risk-management measures.

For complete information, please consult the Chemical Substances website: http://www.chemicalsubstanceschimiques.gc.ca/plan/approach-approche/triclosan-eng.php

Contact: Martin Lacroix, 819-994-9226, Program Development and Engagement Division

2)     Polymer Approach Consultation

The 60-day public comment period on the proposed Polymer Approach to address polymers identified as priorities for action began on March 19, 2012. A tiered approach is proposed for assessment, taking into account the data requirements in the New Substances Program under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, and the timing of upcoming information gathering initiatives.

For complete information, please consult the Chemical Substances website: http://www.chemicalsubstanceschimiques.gc.ca/plan/approach-approche/polymer-eng.php

Contact: Substances Management Information Line, 1-800-567-1999, substances@ec.gc.ca