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Perfluorooctane Sulfonate in the Canadian Environment

Monitoring Under the Chemicals Management Plan

Monitoring (a system of long-term standardized measurements) and surveillance (focused short-term measurements) are key elements of the Government of Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) and are essential for identifying and tracking environmental concerns and health risks. Monitoring information feeds into science-based decision-making processes and is used for the evaluation of the effectiveness of risk management measures, including regulations.

Environment Canada scientists collect data on chemical substances in air,1-3 freshwater,4,5 sediments,6 aquatic biota5,7 and wildlife8-11 across Canada. Recognizing that many chemicals of concern are found in products that are ultimately disposed of in waste and wastewater, monitoring at landfills and wastewater treatment systems12-14 is also conducted under the CMPEnvironmental Monitoring and Surveillance Program. Also under the CMP, Health Canada conducts human biomonitoring and monitoring in other media of concern to human health including house dust, indoor air and drinking water.15

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