Environment Canada

Environment Canada

May 05, 2009 15:59 ET

The Government of Canada Supports International Action on Toxic Chemical Substances

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 5, 2009) - The Minister of the Environment, Jim Prentice, issued the following statement on the Fourth Conference of the Parties (COP 4) of the Stockholm Convention in Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

"Canada continues to be a strong supporter of the work done under the Stockholm Convention to increase the number of chemical substances that require international action. We are working with our international partners to achieve further reductions in chemicals that can pose a risk to the environment and/or to human health, especially in remote locations such as the Arctic.

Canada fully supports global controls for the 9 substances being discussed at the meeting in Geneva this week. In particular, we support the full-phase out of Lindane, as a substance that Canada has already eliminated as a pesticide. And while we agree that international solutions are needed to address contaminants that have a global reach, we are also taking action at home. For example, we have already taken domestic action on substances such as PBDEs ad PFOs under Canada's Chemical Management Plan.

As many of POPs of concern to Canada now come from foreign sources, the most effective means of reducing Canada's exposure is through international efforts to reduce foreign production and use, thereby reducing releases to the global environment. Our Government remains committed to taking further collective action under this important international agreement to protect our health and the environment."

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