Government of Canada

Government of Canada

April 26, 2008 11:17 ET

Government of Canada Brings in Tough New Emission Standards on Smog-Producing Chemicals

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 26, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird, today announced the Government of Canada is taking action to reduce emissions from chemicals that contribute to smog in consumer and commercial products such as paints, varnishes, adhesives and vehicle repair cleaners.

"Our Government has a strong record of taking action to protect the environment for all Canadians," said Minister Baird. "As part of our Turning the Corner Action Plan, which includes action on air pollutants, we are moving forward to clean the air and protect the health and environment of Canadians by proposing limits on smog-producing chemicals in everyday products."

Volatile Organic Compounds can be identified by their strong smell and are found in solid or liquid forms that evaporate very quickly, becoming a gas. They are the second largest contributor to smog in Canada, impacting millions of Canadians and the environment every day.

"These new measures, taken together with other initiatives under our Turning the Corner Action Plan, will reduce the environmental impact of many of the products we use everyday in our homes and workplaces, and reduce emissions which cause smog," said Minister Baird. "These new regulations, which will be amongst the toughest standards available, are another example of our Government's continued commitment to protect the environment and Canadian consumers."

The Government will be taking action in three areas:

- introducing concentration limits of volatile organic compounds in 98 categories of consumer products, such as personal care items like nail polish, adhesives and adhesive removers, sealants and caulking and other miscellaneous products;

- establishing concentration limits for 49 categories of architectural coatings such as paints, stains and varnishes, and;

- establishing concentration limits for 14 categories of coatings and surface cleaners used for refinishing or repairing the painted surfaces of worn or damaged automobiles, trucks, and other mobile equipment.

Just last week, the Government took action on bisphenol A (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/nr-cp/2008/2008_59_e.html), a chemical of concern, and has also recently introduced tougher food and product safety legislation (http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?category=1&id=2059).

For more information on the proposed regulations to reduce smog-producing emissions in consumer and commercial products, or to join the email list for notification when the final Regulations are published, go to our website at www.ec.gc.ca/nopp/voc.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Eric Richer
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    or
    Environment Canada Media Relations
    819-934-8008
    1-888-908-8008