New and Recent Chemicals Management Plan Docs Open for Comment

Certain Organic Flame Retardants Substance Grouping
The proposed order adding DP and DBDPE to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 was published for a 60-day public comment period ending on August 28, 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/substance-groupings-initiative/certain-organic-flame-retardants-substance-grouping.html

Zinc and its Compounds
The Draft Screening Assessment for Zinc and its Compounds and the Risk Management Scope for Zinc and Soluble Zinc Compounds were published for a 60-day public comment period ending on August 28, 2019.

https://canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/chemicals-management-plan-3-substances/zinc-compounds.html

Chlorhexidine and its Salts
The Final Screening Assessment for Chlorhexidine and its Salts and the Proposed Risk Management Approach for Chlorhexidine and its Salts were published. The deadline for comments on the DRMA is August 28.
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/evaluating-existing-substances/screening-assessment-chlorhexidine-salts.html

Risk Management Approach: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/evaluating-existing-substances/risk-management-approach-chlorhexidine-salts.html

Consultation on the Protection of Canadian Workers
A consultation document on an integrated strategy for the protection of Canadian workers from exposure to chemicals was published for a consultation period ending on August 30, 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/consulting-future-chemicals-management-canada.html

Phosphoric Acid Derivatives Group 
The Draft Screening Assessment for the Phosphoric Acid Derivatives Group was published for a 60-day public comment period ending on September 11, 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/chemicals-management-plan-3-substances/phosphoric-acid-derivatives-group.html

Formaldehyde
The proposed Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations were published for a 75-day public comment period ending onSeptember 12, 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/other-chemical-substances-interest/formaldehyde.html

Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations
The proposed Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations were published for a 75-day public comment period ending on September 19, 2019.

http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-07-06/html/reg1-eng.html

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Si vous souhaitez soumettre des commentaires sur l’un des produits chimiques mentionné ci-dessous, veuillez communiquer avec le RCSHE.

Merci!

Liz

Groupe de certaines substances ignifuges organiques
Le décret proposé visant à inscrire le DP et le DBDPE à l’annexe 1 de la Loi canadienne sur la protection de l’environnement (1999) a été publié pour une période de commentaires du public de 60 jours se terminant le 28 août 2019.
https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/initiative-groupes-substances/groupe-certaines-substances-ignifuges-organiques.html

Zinc et ses composés
L’Ébauche d’évaluation préalable du zinc et de ses composés et le Cadre de gestion des risques pour le zinc et les composés solubles du zinc ont été publiés pour une période de commentaires du public de 60 jours se terminant le 28 août 2019.
https://canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/substances-troisieme-phase-plan-gestion-produits-chimiques/zinc-composes.html

Chlorhexidine et ses sels
L’Évaluation préalable finale de la chlorhexidine et de ses sels et l’Approche de gestion du risque pour la chlorhexidine et ses sels ont été publiées. La période de commentaires du public de 60 jours pour l’Approche de gestion du risque préalable se terminant le 28 août 2019. 

’Ébauche d’évaluation préalable : https://www.canada.ca/fr/environnement-changement-climatique/services/evaluation-substances-existantes/evaluation-prealable-chlorhexidine-sels.html

L’Approche de gestion du risque : https://www.canada.ca/fr/environnement-changement-climatique/services/evaluation-substances-existantes/approche-gestion-risque-chlorhexidine-sels.html

Groupe des acides phosphoriques et dérivés
L’Ébauche d’évaluation préalable des substances du Groupe des acides phosphoriques et dérivés a été publié pour une période de commentaires du public de 60 jours se terminant le 11 septembre 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/substances-troisieme-phase-plan-gestion-produits-chimiques/groupe-acides-phosphoriques-derives.html

Consultation relative à une stratégie intégrée pour la protection des travailleurs 
Un document de consultation relative à une stratégie intégrée pour la protection des travailleurs canadiens contre l’exposition aux produits chimiques a été publié pour une période de consultation se terminant le 30 août 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/consultation-avenir-gestion-produits-chimiques-canada.html

Formaldéhyde
Le projet de Règlement sur les émissions de formaldéhyde provenant des produits de bois composite a été publié pour une période de commentaires du public de 75 jours se terminant le 12 septembre 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/autres-substances-chimiques-interets/formaldehyde.html

Règlement limitant la concentration en composés organiques volatils de certains produits 
Le projet du Règlement limitant la concentration en composés organiques volatils de certains produits a été publié pour une période de commentaires du public de 75 jours se terminant le 19 septembre 2019.

http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-07-06/html/reg1-fra.html

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Webinar: 2019–2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

SusDevWEB.jpg You’re invited to participate in a free webinar on the draft 2019–2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, and the development of Canada’s National Strategy. If you’re curious about what the Government of Canada is doing to support implementation of the SDGs, this webinar is for you.

When: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (EST)

Registration: Register online

We hope you’ll share this invitation with your colleagues and friends, and look forward to your participation.

Check out the strategy:
Canada.ca/federal-sustainable-development-strategy

For more information / to contact us:
ec.bdd-sdo.ec@canada.ca

Lawsuit against the Dept. of Lands & Forestry for alleged failure to meet obligations of endangered species act

Wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft and nature organizations launch legal action for Nova Scotia’s species at risk

Mr. Bob Bancroft and three of Nova Scotia’s naturalists’ societies say it is time to ask the courts to intervene on behalf of Nova Scotia’s most at-risk wildlife and plants.

“The Department of Lands and Forestry has mandatory legal obligations under the Endangered Species Act that have not been fulfilled,” explains retired Acadia University biology professor Dr. Soren Bondrup-Nielsen, president of Blomidon Naturalists Society, one of the parties to the legal proceedings. “We’re simply asking the Court to tell our government to do what it is already required to do by law.”

In court documents filed today, the applicants allege that the Department of Lands and Forestry (formerly the Department of Natural Resources) has failed to meet its legal obligations with respect to 34 species, including mainland moose, wood turtle, bank swallow, and a host of other species designated at risk in Nova Scotia.

“The Department has not yet identified core habitat for our mainland moose, a requirement that is now over-due by more than a decade,” says wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft, president of the Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists (also known as Nature Nova Scotia).

The legal documents allege that the Department of Lands and Forestry has not yet identified a single acre of core habitat of threatened and endangered species, despite the legal requirement to do so under the Endangered Species Act.

Other short-comings noted in the documents include failures to appoint recovery teams and create recovery plans within the time-frames required under the Act.

“This is a rule of law case,” notes Jamie Simpson, lawyer for the applicants. “The Act requires the Minister of Lands and Forestry to do certain things towards the recovery of species at risk in Nova Scotia. We are asking the Court to uphold the rule of law and require the Department to abide by the Act.”

The Department’s short-comings with respect to species at risk has been reported several times. In 2015, the East Coast Environmental Law Association published a report calling on the Department to address the alleged violations of the Species at Risk Act. In 2016, the Office of the Auditor General of Nova Scotia published a review of the Department’s track-record on species at risk, noting the alleged failure to fulfil mandatory requirements under the Act.

Opportunity to input: Government and expert review of  Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Secretariat for Canada wishes to inform you that the Second Order Draft of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate is available for government and expert review until January 11, 2019, 19:00 EST.

The SROCC is highly relevant for Canada with its focus on high mountain areas; polar regions; sea level rise and implications for low-lying islands; coasts and communities; changing ocean, marine ecosystems and dependent communities; and extremes, abrupt changes and managing risks.

Review of the SROCC Second Order Draft by experts in Canada will help ensure that it provides a balanced and comprehensive assessment of the latest scientific findings and relevant, factual and scientific information for policy makers.

An online registration process is open for prospective expert reviewers via the SOD Review webpage. Registration will close on 4 January 2019, 19:00 ESTone week before the end of the review period.

The IPCC Secretariat for Canada values the contributions of Canada’s expert reviewers in this process and we thank-you in advance for your time and efforts. Opportunity to input: Government and expert review of