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Consultations on PCB Waste Export and Import Regulations

5. Conclusion and Next Steps

The main objective of this regulatory initiative is to strengthen the current regulatory controls on the imports of PCB wastes. This is proposed to be accomplished through the inclusion of specific controls on the import of PCB wastes consistent with those set out for exports in the PCBWER. Pending future work on ESM domestically and internationally, it is proposed that the PCBWEIR will also further define environmentally sound management through reference to the current CCME and Basel Guidelines. In addition, new proposed controls are outlined in the paper for the import and export of wastes containing between 2 and 50 ppm PCBs. Further changes to these regulations to fully implement the authorities under the new CEPA will be contemplated as part of the amendment to the EIHWR, anticipated to be in place by 2003.

Following the stakeholder consultation sessions and any written comments submitted in February 2001, a summary of the comments received will be compiled and circulated to interested stakeholders. Taking these comments into account, the proposed regulatory controls will then be converted to draft regulations. A Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement will be developed based on a socio-economic study that is also underway. It is anticipated that these draft regulations will be published in Canada Gazette, Part I, for formal consultation in the Spring of 2001 for implementation in the Summer of 2001.

Stakeholder views on these proposals are an important element of the regulation development process. Your views are greatly appreciated.

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