Proposed amendments to the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations: 2018 consultation document

Official title: Consultation Document on Proposed Amendments to the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 for PFOS, PFOA, LC-PFCAs, HBCD, PBDEs, DP and DBDPE (December 2018)

Executive summary

This consultation document is intended to inform and solicit comments from stakeholders on a proposed regulatory approach to amend the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012. The proposed regulatory approach is to remove or provide time limits for exemptions for perfluorooctane sulfonate, its salts and precursors that contain one of the following groups: C8F17SO2, C8F17SO3 or C8F17SO2N (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid which has the molecular formula C7F15CO2H, its salts and precursors (PFOA), long chain perfluorocarboxylic acids that have the molecular formula CnF2n+1CO2H in which 8 ≤ n ≤ 20, their salts and precursors (LC-PFCAs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) to phase out the use of these substances. It is also proposed to prohibit the manufacture, import, use, sale and offer for sale of dechlorane plus (DP) and decabromodiphenyl ethane (DBDPE), and products that contain them, should their final screening assessment reports confirm that they are toxic under section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999).

Comments received will be considered in the development of proposed regulatory amendments to the regulations.

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Proposed regulatory approach
  3. Next steps
  4. References

List of acronyms

AFFF

Aqueous film-forming foam

CEPA

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

CMP

Chemical Management Plan

CoRAP

Community Rolling Action Plan

DecaBDE

Decabromodiphenyl ether

DBDPE

Decabromodiphenyl ethane

DP

Dechlorane plus

DSL

Domestic Substances List

ECCC

Environment and Climate Change Canada

ECHA

European Chemical Agency

EU

European Union

HBCD

Hexabromocyclododecane

HeptaBDE

Heptabromodiphenyl ether

HexaBDE

Hexabromodiphenyl ether

LC-PFCAs

Long chain perfluorocarboxylic acids that have the molecular formula CnF2n+1CO2H in which 8 ≤ n ≤ 20, their salts and precursors

NonaBDE

Nonabromodiphenyl ether

NSNR

New Substance Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers)

OctaBDE

Octabromodiphenyl ether

PBDEs

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers

PentaBDE

Pentabromodiphenyl ether

PFAS

Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances

PFOA

Perfluorooctanoic acid which has the molecular formula C7F15CO2H, its salts and precursors

PFOS

Perfluorooctane sulfonate, its salts and precursors that contain one of the following groups: C8F17SO2, C8F17SO3 or C8F17SO2N

REACH

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals

SDS

Safety Data Sheet

TetraBDE

Tetrabromodiphenyl ethers

TSCA

Toxic Substances Control Act

U.S.

United States

US EPA

United States Environmental Protection Agency

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