Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Canada to Lead in Banning Non-Stick Chemicals

The media and political fall out from the release of Environmental Defence's report Polluted Children continues to echo.

On June 1st, the report revealed the widespread toxic contamination of Canadian families, regardless of age, location or career with a range of chemicals including flame retardents, heavy metals and stain repellants.

Today Environment Canada announced aggressive new actions to ban or place strict limits on a group of chemicals known as long-chain perfluorinated carboxylic acids (PFCAs) - stain repellents for short. In addition to plans to work with companies to sharply reduce emissions of these chemicals federal regulators are will block the import of new grease and water repellent products that could potentially break down into long chain PFCAs.

The move is thought to be a world's first and will act to protect generations of Canadians from cancer and developmental defects.

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