|The government needs to consider banning and/or limiting the use and import of 2-nitrotoluene under the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, as its risk management strategy.|
When a substance is found to meet the criteria under Section 64, Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (to pose a potential risk to human health), risk managers consider a wide variety of risk management options in order to address the risk. The risk management option is selected in accordance with the Government of Canada’s Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation, as well as, information available at the time of the screening assessment.
In this case, while 2-nitrotoluene is considered harmful to human health, the general population’s exposure is expected to be low based on current use in Canada. A Significant New Activity provision (SNAc) will be implemented that will require any new use, manufacturing or importation of 2-nitrotoluene to be notified to the government for risk assessment, thereby allowing additional risk management measures to be put in place, if necessary.