Proposal to add compounds to exclusion list of volatile organic compound definition: chapter 1

1.1 Objective of this Consultation

Environment Canada has prepared this consultation document to inform stakeholders and solicit feedback on the proposed addition of compounds to the exclusion list of the volatile organic compound (VOC) definition under Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).

This consultation paper aims to:

  • identify and inform stakeholders on the proposed addition of compounds to the exclusion list of the VOC definition; 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 for the publication of a proposed Order to add compounds to the exclusion list of the VOC definition under Schedule 1 of CEPA 1999 (hereafter the proposed Order). All parties may comment in writing by mail, fax or email to the addresses provided in Section 9 of this document.

1.2 Consultation Process

This document is intended to provide focus and guidance to the consultation. In order to solicit 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 Order in the Canada Gazette, Part I. A summary of comments received will be published concurrently with the proposed Order. 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-government organizations, provincial, territorial and federal government departments, associations, as well as industries and companies belonging to the following sectors: chemical manufacturing and distribution; paints and coatings; and consumer and commercial manufacturing.

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