Canada To Evaluate 14 More Substances Under Chemicals Management Plan

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The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, and Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird, today announced that the Government is moving forward with another batch of chemicals to be reviewed under its groundbreaking Chemicals Management Plan (CMP). The government today issued notices to industry and other stakeholders for information on a seventh batch of substances identified as high priorities for action under the CMP. There are 14 substances in this batch.

"The Chemicals Management Plan is an important part of our Government's commitment to protect the health and environment of Canadians by assessing and managing the risks posed by certain substances," said Minister Clement. "Canadians can expect this Government to continue to deliver results."

"Canadians want to know how these types of chemicals affect them and their families," said Minister Baird. "That's why our Government is leading the way in the world today in making informed decisions about how these substances can best be managed for the safety of Canadians and our environment."

Approximately 200 substances were identified as high-priority in 2006 under Canada's world-leading categorization of legacy chemicals. Health Canada and Environment Canada are meeting their commitment to Canadians by reviewing a new batch of substances every three months.

Batch 7 consists of the following substances:

* 1-Naphthalenemethanol, ?,?-bis[4-(diethylamino)phenyl]-4-(ethylamino)-

* 3H-Pyrazol-3-one, 4-[(2,4-dimethylphenyl)azo]-2,4-dihydro-5-methyl-2-phenyl-

* Propanenitrile, 3-[ethyl[3-methyl-4-[(6-nitro-2-benzothiazolyl)azo]phenyl]amino]-

* [1,1'-Biphenyl]-4,4'-diamine, N,N'-bis(2,4-dinitrophenyl)-3,3'-dimethoxy-

* Benzoic acid, 2,3,4,5-tetrachloro-6-cyano-, methyl ester, reaction products with 4-[(4-aminophenyl)azo]-3-methylbenzenamine and sodium methoxide

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* Methanone, bis[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]-

* 1,4-Dioxane

* 3H-Pyrazol-3-one, 4-[(2-chlorophenyl)azo]-2,4-dihydro-5-methyl-2-phenyl-

* 1-Naphthalenemethanol, ?,?-bis[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]-4-(phenylamino)-

* Propanenitrile, 3-[[4-[(5,6-dichloro-2-benzothiazolyl)azo]phenyl]ethylamino]-

* Methanesulfonamide, N-[2-[(2,6-dicyano-4-methylphenyl)azo]-5-(dipropylamino)phenyl]-

* 2-Cyclohexen-1-one, 3,5,5-trimethyl-

* 2-Cyclohexen-1-one, 3,5,5-trimethyl-

* 2-Butanone, oxime

* Oxirane, (butoxymethyl)-

The Government requests industry and other stakeholders to submit information on these specific substances. That data will be collected and assessed to determine whether these substances pose a risk to Canadians' health or the environment and if any further action may be needed to minimize possible risks.

The Government will have completed its call for information for the approximately 200 high-priority substances by 2010.

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