Ottawa Scores Well in Chemicals Report Card
Program establishes world-leading Canadian leadership but more progress needed on petroleum sector
Toronto, ON – Today, Environmental Defence released a report card on the federal government’s Chemicals Management Plan (CMP). The program designed to systematically examine toxic chemicals in consumer items and industry practices reached a five year milestone this year, with more work to come.
“We congratulate the Harper government on its leadership in the area of toxic chemicals,” said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director of Environmental Defence and co-author of the bestselling book on toxic products, Slow Death by Rubber Duck. “In large part, this program is achieving what it set out to do, and has put Canada ahead of most other countries in dealing with chemicals that adversely impact the environment and human health.”
Key findings of the report card include:
·    Over 500 substances were designated as “high priority” for assessment
·    Other than those in the petroleum sector, the high priority substances have been dealt with in a timely manner over the last five years
·    As a result of the program, over three dozen substances have either been or will likely soon be added to Canada’s formal list of “toxic” substances for further regulatory action
·    Through the CMP, Canada has achieved world-leading progress on key chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA)
“We look forward to working closely with the government on the next phase of this program when hundreds more potentially harmful substances are considered for regulatory action,” said Smith. “We also encourage the government to move more quickly on the petroleum sector, which has lagged behind the rest of the CMP initiatives.”
About Environmental Defence (www.environmentaldefence.ca):  Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization.  We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
The report Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan: Progress Analysis 2006-2011 can be found at http://environmentaldefence.ca/chemicals-management-plan
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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 232; 647-280-9521 (cell)