A toxic-free Ontario - CELA releases toxic use reduction model law

    TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Law Association
(CELA) today released its model toxic use reduction law. For the past year
CELA has worked with other environmental, health and worker groups to frame a
model law to reduce our use and reliance on toxic substances in manufacturing,
workplaces and consumer products in Ontario.
    "Concerned parents, workers, and consumers in Ontario support widespread
reductions in use and emissions of toxic substances," stated Theresa
McClenaghan, Executive Director and Counsel of the Canadian Environmental Law
Association. "Toxic use reduction legislation will fill a major gap in
Ontario, making our homes, workplaces and environment safer places to be."
    CELA patterned the model law, titled the Ontario Toxic Use Reduction and
Safer Alternatives Act, 2008 on the success of similar programs in
Massachusetts, New Jersey, and California, as well as in the European Union.
    "With a toxic use reduction law, Ontario would reduce and prevent many
unnecessary, involuntary exposures to harmful substances," said Sarah Miller,
Project Coordinator.
    The benefits of a toxic use reduction law would include:

    -   Reduce exposure to toxic substances and prevent health risks such as
        some avoidable cancers, respiratory illnesses and developmental
    -   Reduce workplace exposures to toxic substances,
    -   Reduce volumes of toxic waste needing disposal,
    -   Save companies expenses by requiring safer alternatives and more
        efficient processes,
    -   Reinforce the power to prohibit the most harmful substances, and
    -   Create incentives for the development of new green technologies.

    Since Premier McGuinty announced the government's intention to act on
toxic use reduction last fall, CELA has worked closely with its community
partners and in dialogue with the Ministry of Environment staff and advisors
to update them on their development of this Model Law. CELA has also today
released a background report on which the Model Law was based, titled, Our
Toxic Free Future: An Action Plan for Ontario's Toxic Use Reduction Law. The
Report and Act can be found at:

For further information:

For further information: Theresa McClenaghan, theresa@cela.cs, (416)
662-8341; or Sarah Miller, millers@lao.on.ca, (416) 960-2284 ex.213

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