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Canada takes further action on Bisphenol A

The Government of Canada’s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, has proposed a new regulatory instrument to address releases of Bisphenol A (BPA) through industrial effluent. The proposed new instrument comes days after the Government of Canada announced on October 13 that BPA is being added to Schedule 1 of Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).

"The Government of Canada is taking a comprehensive approach to managing risks associated with Bisphenol A and this latest step addresses industrial use of the chemical in Canada," said Minister Prentice. "The proposed rules will require facilities to develop and implement plans to limit releases of BPA to the environment and to submit ongoing progress reports to the Government of Canada."

The regulatory instrument is a Pollution Prevention Planning Notice that has been published in the Canada Gazette Part 1 on October 16, 2010, that initiates a 60-day public comment period.

The Government of Canada states that the Pollution Prevention Planning Notice is the latest in a series of government actions to manage the risks of BPA, including the prohibition on the advertising, importation, and sale of polycarbonate baby bottles containing the substance, and ongoing work with our provincial and municipal counterparts to address potential releases that could occur during the disposal or recycling of products.

SOURCE: Government of Canada

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