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Working Document regarding pollution prevention planning for dichloromethane

Environment Canada is in the process of developing a notice under Part 4 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) requiring the preparation and implementation of pollution prevention plans for dichloromethane. This notice, to be published in the Canada Gazette Part I at a future date, will target five industry sectors: aircraft paint stripping; flexible polyurethane foam blowing; pharmaceuticals; industrial cleaning; and, adhesives formulation.

A Working Document outlining proposed pollution prevention planning requirements for dichloromethane has recently been prepared for stakeholder review and comment. Copies of the related proposed schedules and instructions are available by emailing CEPAP2Plans@ec.gc.ca or using the contact information provided below.

After receiving and considering comments on this document, a proposed notice requiring the preparation and implementation of pollution prevention plans for dichloromethane will be published in Part I of the Canada Gazette for a 60-day comment period. Based on consideration of further comments received during this comment period, Environment Canada will publish the final notice in Part I of the Canada Gazette.

Please provide your written comments on the Working Document and related schedules by February 15, 2002, to:

Jacinthe Girard
Sustainable Consumption Division
National Office of Pollution Prevention
351 St. Joseph Boulevard, 20th floor
Hull, Quebec K1A 0H3
Tel.: (819) 953-4168
Fax: (819) 994-5030
e-mail: jacinthe.girard@ec.gc.ca

Objectives and timelines in the Working Document are based on the recommendations presented in the Strategic Options for the Management of Toxic Substances - Dichloromethane - Report of Stakeholders Consultations, published in June 1998 under the Strategic Option Process.

The document entitled P2 Planning Provisions of Part 4 of CEPA 1999: Frequently Asked Questions has been included for your information. More information about the pollution prevention planning provisions of CEPA 1999 Part 4 can be found in the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Pollution Prevention Planning Provisions of Part 4 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). Information about the pollution prevention planning can be found in Environment Canada’s Pollution Prevention Planning Handbook . All three documents are available at http://www.ec.gc.ca/p2/Default.asp?lang=En&n=88D8B369-1. Copies are also available from Environment Canada’s Inquiry Centre at 1-800-668-6767 or CEPAP2Plans@ec.gc.ca.

Sincerely,
Tim Leah
Chief
Sustainable Consumption Division
National Office of Pollution Prevention

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