December 3, 2001

Departments seek company data on CEPA list substances

The federal departments of Environment and of Health are requesting data from companies and persons engaged in activities involving the 123 substances on Schedule 1 of the Domestic Substances List (DSL) under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 (CEPA) during the calendar year 2000. The initiative is a pilot project under the (DSL) Categorization and Screening Program.

A notice concerning this request for information was published in the November 17, 2001 Canada Gazette, Part I, and a detailed letter, along with explanatory material, has been sent to some 4,600 companies. Any company that has not received this notice and whose activities involve the 123 DSL substances should contact the DSL surveys co-ordinator at 891/956-9313, FAX 819/953-4936, E-mail DSL.surveyco@ec.gc.ca.

Compliance with the notice and provision of the requested data are mandatory under CEPA. The due date for the information is March 8, 2002. Those not engaged in specified activities involving the 123 substances may complete a Declaration of Non-Engagement form (included in the information package) and return it to Environment Canada.

The DSL Categorization and Screening Program has been created to enable the Environment and Health departments to fulfill a new mandate under CEPA, requiring them to categorize and (if necessary) carry out screening assessments of DSL substances to determine if they are toxic, as defined in the Act. The 123 substances in this pilot phase includes 93 deemed persistent and/or bioaccumulative and inherently toxic to non-human organisms, plus 30 substances selected by Health Canada as priorities in terms of potential for human exposure.

Screening assessments will be done on substances in this pilot phase. Accordingly, notices under Section 71 of CEPA are being sent to companies to request basic information needed in order to perform these assessments.

Information and assistance in completing the required survey may be obtained by calling 1-800-228-0530, or on the Internet at www.ec.gc.ca/substances/ese/eng/dsl/notices_avis.cfm.

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