OTTAWA - On March 20th, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, released the draft screening assessment reports for 17 substances assessed in Batch 9 of the Chemicals Management Plan. Proposed risk management information on Batch 9 substances was also provided for those substances considered likely to require actions to reduce risks.
"Chemicals play an important role in protecting our health and contributing to our quality of life," said Minister Aglukkaq.
"Canadians want to know that the chemicals we use every day are managed properly and that is why the Government is committed to the Chemicals Management Plan and protecting the health and environment of Canadians."
"The Government of Canada has released assessments and, where warranted, risk management plans for nine of the 12 batches under the Challenge to Industry," said Minister Prentice.
"The Government of Canada will continue to meet its commitment to Canadians by reviewing a new batch of substances every three months, and to make progress in safeguarding Canadians and their environment."
The Government is proposing five substances assessed in Batch 9 may pose a risk to human health (methyl eugenol, vanadium oxide, potassium bromate, NDTHPM and TGOPE ).
Methyl eugenol is naturally-occurring in the essential oils of several plant species which may be used as a flavour ingredient in food and beverages. There are no human studies to indicate methyl eugenol in food poses a risk to human health. Methyl eugenol may also be used as a fragrance ingredient and softener in personal care products and cosmetics.
Vanadium oxide is an industrial chemical that is used in the manufacture of high-strength steel and sulphuric acid. It is also released to the environment primarily in association with particulate matter formed through combustion of heavy oil and coal in certain industrial sectors. Vanadium and its compounds also occur naturally in the environment (i.e., soil).
Potassium bromate is used primarily in industrial applications, including as an oxidizing agent, in Canada. NDTHM is a synthetic azo-based dye that is primarily used as a colorant in non-food based paper. TGOPE is used in some epoxy resins and adhesives.
In addition to recommending the five substances proposed harmful to human health be added to Schedule 1 of CEPA, 1999, the Government is also proposing that a future use notification tool be applied to all five substances in addition to other risk management activities. This provision requires that the Government be notified of any new import, manufacture or use of these substances, and that human health and ecological screening assessments be completed before considering whether to allow these uses.
The Government is also recommending the Significant New Activity (SNAc) provision of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999), be applied to six other chemicals assessed in Batch 9 (Pigment Yellow 24, Pigment Red 88, Eosine Lead Lake, BDN , BDAC , and Solvent Red 49.) The Government's draft assessments indicate these substances do not pose a risk at this time under CEPA, 1999; however, this provision will require that the Government be notified of any new import, manufacture or use of these substances, and that human health and ecological screening assessments be completed before considering whether to allow these uses.
Notices containing summaries of the draft screening assessment reports were published in Canada Gazette, Part I, on March 20, 2010. The complete draft screening assessment reports for all Batch 9 substances and the proposed risk management scopes for the substances of concern can be found on the Chemicals Management Plan website. Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments on the draft screening assessments and proposed risk management scopes before May 19, 2010.
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