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Hexavalent chromium compounds
Chromium is a naturally occurring metal that is present principally in the trivalent or hexavalent forms in small amounts throughout the Canadian environment. Chromium is used in a wide variety of industrial applications in Canada including the production of stainless and heat-resistant steels, refractory products such as bricks and mortars, and in pigments, metal finishing, leather tanning, and wood preservatives. Both trivalent and hexavalent forms of chromium are released into the environment in Canada as a result of these industrial uses, as well as from the production and combustion of fossil fuels, and the smelting and refining of nonferrous base metals.
There is more than one CAS number that applies to this group of substances.
- Priority Substances List Assessment Report
- Order Adding Toxic Substances to Schedule 1 to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
- CEPA 1999 Schedule 1 - List of Toxic Substances -This substance has been added to the List of Toxic Substances. It is entering or may enter the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that:
a)have or may have an immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment or its biological diversity.
c)constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health.
- Full life cycle management of the substance (Track 2) under the Toxic Substances Management Policy
This substance is entering the environment from the following source(s):
Risk Management Tool(s)
Tool(s) developed to manage risks associated with the substance:
- Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing and Reverse Etching Regulations
- New Source Emission Guidelines for Thermal Electricity Generation, 2003-01-04
- Recommendations for the Design and Operation of Wood Preservation Facilities
- Notice requiring the preparation and implementation of pollution prevention plans in respect of inorganic arsenic compounds, hexavalent chromium compounds, polychlorinated dibenzodioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans and/or hexachlorobenzene used by wood preservation facilities
- Pollution Prevention Planning Notices - Wood Preservation Facilities
Risk Management Supporting Activities for Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing and Reverse Etching Regulations
Activities supporting the development or implementation of the risk management tool(s):
- Compliance Guide (PDF: 134 KB)
- Control Method Notice (PDF; 63 KB)
- Release Test Notice (PDF; 56 KB)
- Release Test Report (PDF; 61 KB)
- Surface Tension Report (PDF; 75 KB)
Initiatives to gather information associated with the substance:
- Notice to provide information for the risk management of certain substances – Summer 2017
- More information, including how to submit a response, is available on the Certain Substances Requiring Information for Risk Management webpage.
Consultation (past and present) on the substance:
- Proposed notice requiring the preparation and implementation of pollution prevention plans in respect of inorganic arsenic compounds, hexavalent chromium compounds, polychlorinated dibenzodioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans and/or hexachlorobenzene used by wood preservation facilities (Active Consultation Document until 2005-07-14)
- Response to Comments on the Proposed Notice Requiring the Preparation and Implementation of Pollution Prevention Plans in Respect of Inorganic Arsenic Compounds, Hexavalent Chromium Compounds, Polychlorinated Dibenzodioxins, Polychlorinated Dibenzofurans and/or Hexachlorobenzene used by Wood Preservation Facilities
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Wood Preservation - Information Centre
- North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation Web Site
- National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) - Information Centre
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