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Canada: Consultation on Amending Restrictions on Certain Toxic Substances has been changed

News Date:2019.01.03


Environment and Climate Change Canada invites comments on amending restrictions on some toxic substances like PFOA and PBDEs under the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012.

The consultation document on amending the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 has been published on the Canadian Environmental Protection Act Registry, which proposed to:

1. Tighten restrictions on and/or remove exemptions to the following substances:
a) Perfluorooctane sulfonate, its salts and its precursors (PFOS)
b) Perflurooctanoic acid, its salts and its precursors (PFOA)
c) Long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids, their salts and their precursors (LC-PFCA)
d) Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) e)    Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

2. Add restrictions on using the following substances:
a) Dechlorane Plus (DP)
b) Decabromodiphenyl ethane (DBDPE)
 

Some of the proposed provisions include:
PFOA, LC-PFCA and their precursors:
Prohibiting the import, use, sale and offering for sale of the following manufactured items containing PFOA, LC-PFCA and their precursors:
a) Nano coatings
b) Surface treated paper and cardboard packaging for commercial and consumer use
c) Textiles – Outdoor applications such as awning, outdoor furniture and camping gears
d) Textiles for oil and water repellency for the protection from dangerous liquids for the

    
protection of workers from risks to their health and safety
e) Membranes intended for use in medical textiles, filtration in water treatment, production

    
processes and effluent treatment
f) Semiconductors or related electronic devices that contain fluoropolymers and/or

   
fluoroelastomers with PFOA residues
g) Spare parts for transportation sector


PBDEs:
Prohibiting the import, use, sale and offering for sale of manufactured items containing PBDEs, including decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE). However, this does not apply to spare parts for vehicles containing decaBDE until 2036.

The consultation document is available at:
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/canadian-environmental-protection-act-registry/proposed-amendments-certain-toxic-substances-2018-consultation.html

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