Friday, March 30, 2012

Canada Confirms Order Designating Four Chemicals as CEPA Toxic

Canada has published an "Order Adding Toxic Substances to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999." The order confirms the CEPA toxic designation of four chemicals, thus allowing for Canada to regulate them.  The four chemicals are:

  • Propane, 2-nitro- (Chemical Abstracts Service [CAS] (see footnote 2) Registry No. 79-46-9), hereafter referred to as “2-nitropropane”; 
  • Benzene, 1-methyl-2-nitro- (CAS No. 88-72-2), hereafter referred to as “2-nitrotoluene”;

  • Phenol, 2,6-bis(1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-(1-methylpropyl)- (CAS No. 17540-75-9), hereafter referred to as “DTBSBP”; and

  • Methylium, [4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]bis[4-(ethylamino)-3-methylphenyl]-, acetate (CAS No. 72102-55-7), hereafter referred to as “MAPBAP acetate.”
Draft regulations have been proposed for at least one of the chemicals.  According to the Canada Gazette:

The Order adds the four above-mentioned substances to Schedule 1 to CEPA 1999, thereby allowing the Ministers to meet their obligation to publish proposed regulations or other instruments no later than July 31, 2012, and finalize them no later than January 31, 2014. Developing an implementation plan or a compliance strategy or establishing service standards are not considered necessary if no specific risk management proposals are made. An appropriate assessment of implementation, compliance and enforcement will be undertaken during the development of proposed regulations or control instrument(s) respecting preventive or control actions for these substances.  

More information can be found in the Canada Gazette notice.