The Government of Canada announces further progress under the Chemicals Management Plan



    OTTAWA, Aug. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of
Health, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, today
announced that industry and other stakeholders will have until December 19,
2007, to provide information on how they are safely managing and using
19 chemical substances identified as high priorities for action under the
Chemicals Management Plan.
    "We are putting industry on notice about these substances," said Minister
Clement. "If the information we receive shows that more needs to be done to
safely manage these chemicals, we will work with industry and our stakeholders
to take strong and immediate action to protect the health of Canadians and the
environment."
    The 19 substances are part of the third in a series of 12 batches of
high-priority substances that were identified following Canada's world-leading
categorization of its legacy chemical substances last fall. Government
scientists are already analyzing the results received from the first batch of
substances, and will do the same with the results from the second batch, once
they receive them this fall.
    "Protecting and preserving our environment comes hand in hand with
protecting the health and safety of Canadians," said Minister Baird. "Our
ambitious Chemicals Management plan is just one more example of our Government
taking action to safeguard the health of Canadians and the environment."
    The Government will assess the information it receives, along with that
gathered from other sources, to decide on the appropriate actions required to
protect the health of Canadians and the environment. Failure to provide new
science or a demonstration of effective control and use will not prevent the
government from taking action to safeguard human health and the environment.
    Manufacturers, importers and industrial users of high-priority substances
will have to provide Environment Canada and Health Canada with information on
batches of 15 to 30 substances every few months. There are 200 substances in
total, and the process to address all of them will take about three years.

    (Egalement offert en français)




For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008; Erik Waddell, Press Secretary,
Office of the Minister of Health, (613) 957-0200; Renée Bergeron, Health
Canada Media Relations, (613) 957-2988; www.chemicalsubstances.gc.ca


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