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Sep. 9 – Canada: Regulations Adding Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and Its Salts to the Virtual Elimination List

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From the Canada Gazette:

The proposed Regulations will add PFOS and its salts to the Virtual Elimination List compiled under subsection 65(2) of CEPA 1999, as required by subsection 3(1) of the Act.

The Ministers of Environment and of Health are required by the Act to propose the addition of PFOS and its salts to the Virtual Elimination List of CEPA 1999. No other alternative is acceptable under the Act.

Perfluorooctane sulfonates are not manufactured in or exported from Canada. However, in the past, they were typically imported as raw chemicals and in products and formulations. An Environment Canada use pattern survey undertaken in 2000 indicated that, from 1997 to 2000, an estimated 318 tonnes of PFOS was used in Canada. The primary uses of these substances were in applications involving water, oil, soil and grease repellents for fabric, leather, packaging and rugs and carpets, for both domestic and commercial use, and as additives in firefighting foams and paints and coatings. Between 2000 and 2002, the primary international manufacturer of PFOS voluntarily phased out its production of PFOS. The use trend in Canada, therefore, significantly dropped since 2002.

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