As a part of the Chemicals Management Plan, the Government of Canada plans to assess and manage, where appropriate, the potential health and ecological risks associated with certain polymers under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). These polymers were identified as priorities for further action during the categorization exercise in 2006.
The Government of Canada has developed a proposed polymer approach to address these polymers. A tiered approach is proposed, taking into account the data requirements in the New Substances Program under CEPA 1999 and the timing of upcoming information gathering initiatives. Details of the proposed approach as well as a list of polymers falling within the scope of this initiative can be found in the Proposed Polymer Approach Consultation Document.
It is anticipated that this initiative will take place over multiple years, with high level information gathering and its analysis occurring over the next two years, followed by the start of polymer specific surveys in 2014/2015. Further consultations on additional elements of the initiative are anticipated to occur throughout the process.
The Government of Canada is soliciting comments on the proposed approach for a 60-day period from March 19, 2012 until May 18, 2012. Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments and suggestions by May 18, 2012 to the Substances Management Information Line, indicating on the envelope or subject line "Proposed Polymer Approach Consultation".
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