"Challenge" for chemical substances that are high priority for action

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On December 8, 2006, the Prime Minister, along with the Ministers of the Environment and Health, unveiled Canada's new Chemicals Management Plan. The plan takes immediate action to regulate chemicals that are harmful to human health or the environment.

A key element in the Chemicals Management Plan is the collection of information on the properties and uses of the approximately 200 chemical substances identified through the categorization process as high priorities for action. This information will be used to make decisions regarding the best approach to protect Canadians and their environment from risks these substances might pose. This initiative, known as the "Challenge", was announced in a Notice published in the Canada Gazette entitled: Notice of intent to develop and implement measures to assess and manage the risks posed by certain substances to the health of Canadians and their environment.

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