Proposed Regulations Respecting 2-Butoxyethanol

On August 9, 2003, the Ministers of the Environment and Health published the Priority Substances List Assessment Report for 2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE) and recommended that this substance be added to the List of Toxic Substances in Schedule 1 under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). The assessment report concludes that 2-BE is harmful to human health. However, 2-BE is not considered harmful to the environment, or the environment on which life depends. 2-BE was added to the List of Toxic Substances in Schedule 1 of CEPA 1999 on March 9, 2005.

The proposed Regulations were developed following extensive consultations with stakeholders. The objective of the proposed Regulations is to reduce 2-BE content in consumer and commercial products in order to lower human exposure from indoor air or direct contact to below the Tolerable Concentration of 11 mg/m3 as determined in the human health assessment. The Regulations target manufacturers, importers and sellers of these consumer and commercial products in Canada.

The proposed Regulations Respecting 2-Butoxyethanol were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on July 9, 2005 followed by a 60-day comment period.


VOC Controls Section
Chemicals Control Branch
Environment Canada

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