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Government Proposes Addition of Selenium Compounds to List of Toxic Substances (Canada)

August 18, 2015

The Canadian government has proposed the addition of selenium and its compounds to the list of Domestic Substances List, under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).

After screening assessments, the ministers of environment and health have concluded that the substances meet one or more of the criteria under section 64 of the Act, stating that substances are considered harmful if they are entering or could enter the environment in quantities or concentrations, or under conditions that may pose potential risk to human health or the environment.

A risk management scope document has also been released to facilitate discussions with stakeholders on the development of risk management actions.

In addition, the minister of the environment has also added 73 substances to the Domestic Substances List, 63 to Part 1 and 10 to Part 2 of the list.