Consultation document on proposed risk management for products containing PBDEs: chapter 1

1.1 Objective of this Consultation

Environment Canada has prepared this consultation document to inform stakeholders and solicit feedback on the key elements of the proposed risk management measure for products containing polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) other than mixtures, polymers and resins.

This consultation paper aims to:

  • identify and inform stakeholders on the proposed risk management measure for products containing PBDEs other than mixtures, polymers and resins;
  • obtain further information with respect to the economic considerations; and
  • provide an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the approach.

The Government of Canada is committed to providing interested or affected parties with the opportunity to take part in consultations at all stages of the development process. All parties may comment in writing by mail, fax or email to the addresses provided in Section 7 of this document.

This initiative is in addition to the consultation documentFootnote 1 on the substance-based controls for Decabromodiphenyl ethers (DecaBDE) commercial mixture published on February 5, 2013.

1.2 Consultation Process

This document’s purpose is to provide focus and guidance to the consultation. In soliciting input from stakeholders, Environment Canada has posted a copy of the document on the CEPA Environmental Registry website and distributed it by email and regular mail to all designated Canadian stakeholders, including representatives from other federal departments; provincial, territorial and municipal governments; industry; environmental groups; and public advocacy groups.

Environment Canada will review all written responses received during the consultation period prior to drafting and publishing the proposed instrument in the Canada Gazette, Part I. A summary of comments received will be published concurrently with the proposed instrument. Environment Canada welcomes the addition of contacts who were not previously involved in the stakeholder consultation, and the distribution of this document to other potential stakeholders.

It is expected that stakeholders may include non-governmental organizations, provincial, territorial and federal government departments, associations, as well as industries and companies belonging to the following sectors:

  • chemical manufacturing and distribution;
  • electrical and electronic equipment (EEE);
  • transportation;
  • construction/industrial;
  • plastics and plasticizer manufacturing and distribution;
  • textiles;
  • importing of consumer products; and
  • other commercial manufacturing.
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