OTTAWA, Canada - Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, announced recently that the Government of Canada is proposing a new regulatory instrument to address releases of bisphenol A (BPA) through industrial effluent. The proposed new instrument comes days after the Government of Canada announced that BPA, a chemical that can be harmful to both human health and the environment, is being added to Schedule 1 of Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).
"The Government of Canada is taking a
comprehensive approach to managing risks associated with bisphenol A, and this
latest step addresses industrial use of the chemical in Canada,"
said Prentice. "The proposed rules will require facilities to develop and
implement plans to limit releases of BPA to the environment and to submit
ongoing progress reports to the Government of Canada."
Bisphenol A is persistent, does not degrade in the
environment, and can be released in sufficiently high amounts to harm fish and
other organisms in water. Canada's
approach is based on the best available science, and is the result of extensive
consultation with industry and thorough reviews of scientific research and
The regulatory instrument is a Pollution Prevention
Planning Notice that has been published in the Canada Gazette Part 1 on October
16, 2010, that initiates a 60-day public comment period.
The Pollution Prevention Planning Notice is the
latest in a series of government actions to manage the risks of BPA, including
the prohibition on the advertising, importation and sale of polycarbonate baby
bottles containing the substance, and ongoing work with Canada’s
provincial and municipal counterparts to address potential releases that could
occur during the disposal or recycling of products.
For further information about bisphenol A, visit the
Chemical Substances website at www.chemicalsubstanceschimiques.gc.ca.