The “Environmental Emergency Regulations” under Section 200 of “CEPA 1999” allow the federal government to establish a list of substances for which an Environmental Emergency (E2) Plan is required when the substance is stored or used at a fixed facility at or above the specified threshold quantities. The criteria considered in selecting substances for listing include severity of acute adverse effects on human health and on the environment or its biodiversity. The reports below summarize the risk assessment done by the Environmental Emergencies Division for substances that may be added or have already been added to the “Environmental Emergency Regulations”.
As part of Environment Canada’s mandate to protect Canadians and the environment, we continue to evaluate other substances of concern in order to determine the risk they pose from an environmental emergency perspective. This ongoing process, accomplished through the department’s Risk Evaluation Framework, may result in more substances being proposed for addition through future amendments of the E2 Regulations or thresholds being adjusted when warranted by new scientific evidence.
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