OTTAWA, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the
Honourable Peter Kent, today announced that the Government of Canada
has decided siloxane D5 is not harmful to the environment.
"This decision follows a thorough analysis of the Siloxane D5 Board of
Review's report, all existing available scientific information, and
on-going international regulatory activities, " said Minister Kent. "It
underlines our commitment to reach fact-based conclusions to protect
Canadians' health and the environment."
Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) is an odorless, colourless liquid
found in a number of personal care products, including deodorants,
antiperspirants, cosmetics, shampoos, and body lotions. It is used in
the production of silicone polymers and may also be used as a
dry-cleaning solvent and in industrial cleaning.
Minister Kent received the Siloxane D5 Board of Review's report last
fall. The Minister convened the Board of Review in August 2010 with the
mandate to consider information in the original Government of Canada
2009 siloxane D5 screening assessment, as well as new scientific
information subsequently available. Based on the information before it,
the Board concluded that siloxane D5 is not harmful to the environment.
Siloxane D5 is one of the chemicals identified under Canada's Chemicals
Management Plan. The Plan takes immediate action to regulate chemicals
harmful to human health or the environment and aims to make Canada a
world leader in assessing and regulating chemicals used in thousands of
industrial and consumer products.
SOURCE Environment Canada
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