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Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) Its Salts and its Precursors - Risk Management Strategy

4. Current Uses

A use pattern survey with respect to PFOS, its salts and its precursors, under the authority of paragraph 71(1)(b) of CEPA 1999, was conducted in January 2005. Companies were required to report if they were involved in activities pertaining to the manufacture, import or export of more than 100 kilograms of a substance belonging to the class substances identified in Schedule 1 to the Notice, whether the substance is "alone, in a mixture or in a product, and in a concentration greater than 10 grams per kilogram in a mixture or in a product".

The survey results confirmed that PFOS, its salts and its precursors are not being manufactured in Canada or being exported from Canada. Only one substance was imported into Canada representing a quantity of approximately 3 tonnes of PFOS. The imported substance was sold as a product that is used as a surfactant in the electroplating sector.