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Environment Canada

October 16, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Takes Further Action on Bisphenol A

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2010) - Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, announced today that the Government of Canada is proposing 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 that BPA, a chemical that can be harmful to both human health and the environment, 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." 

Bisphenol A is persistent, does not degrade in the environment, and can be released in sufficiently high amounts to harm fish and other organisms in water. The Government of Canada's approach is based on the best available science, and is the result of extensive consultation with industry and thorough reviews of scientific research and evaluation.

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 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. 

For further information about bisphenol A, please visit the Chemical Substances website at www.chemicalsubstanceschimiques.gc.ca.

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