REGULATORY NEWS FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 29, 2020
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) would like to engage with its partners and stakeholders on its discussion paper: a proposed integrated management approach to plastic products to prevent waste and pollution.
We are pleased to inform you that the forms listed below have been updated and are now available on the New Substances program website:
- New Substances Notification (NSN) form for chemicals, biochemicals, polymers and biopolymers (including nanomaterials) including the following appendices:
- Appendix I (New Substances Fees Payment Form)
- Appendix II (Substance Functional Use Codes)
- Appendix III (Application Codes)
- Appendix IV (Data Codes, Attachments and Confidential Information)
- Certification form – Interpretation of person
- Nomination form – Domestic Substances List (This form replaces the Form AB)
- Nomination form – Non-domestic Substances List (This form replaces Form C)
These forms are available in PDF format and can be filled out and signed electronically.
Notice is hereby given that, on October 13, 2020, pursuant to subsection 37.1(1) of the Special Import Measures Act, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal determined that there was evidence in the preliminary injury inquiry (Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2020-003) that disclosed a reasonable indication that the dumping of certain wheat gluten has caused or is threatening to cause injury to the domestic industry.
This page provides clarification on Paragraph 1.36 (b) of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations, which is an exemption provided for certain Class 3, flammable liquids. This information applies to any person handling, offering for transport, transporting or importing Class 3, flammable liquids, aqueous solutions of alcohol which can be qualified as a mixture of water and alcohol for ease of understanding.
Environment and Climate Change Canada is reviewing the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations as part of its regulatory stock review to determine if amendments are required. Consultations will be national in scope and will be targeted to storage tank systems on Aboriginal lands and federal lands across Canada.
The Government of Canada is soliciting views from interested Canadians on a renewed Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) strategy to guide the Government of Canada and Canadian companies active abroad with respect to their responsible business activities.
Health Canada’s Food Directorate completed a premarket safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for the use of cellulase from Trichoderma reesei QM9414 in standardized single-strength fruit juices, standardized and unstandardized fruit nectars, and unstandardized fruit and vegetable products.
On October 5, 2020, two companies in Quebec—150 Montréal-Toronto Inc. and Recydem Enviro Inc.—were fined a total of $75,000 after each pleaded guilty to a charge of breaching the PCB Regulations made under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.
WorkSafeBC announces that the average base premium rate for 2021 is 1.55% of employers’ assessable payroll, which has been maintained at the same level since 2018. Our strong financial results have enabled us to keep the average rate flat for 2021.
The Manitoba government plans to introduce amendments today to the Employment Standards Code so more workers can take protected leave due to the COVID-19 pandemic and apply for federal benefits, announced Premier Brian Pallister.
The Ontario government is introducing the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020, that if passed, will provide liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws relating to exposure to COVID-19. At the same time, it will maintain the right of Ontarians to take legal action against those who willfully, or with gross negligence, endanger others.
Bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate certain limitations with respect to pre-production plastic pellet pollution.
A bill to promote low-carbon, high-octane fuels, to protect public health, and to improve vehicle efficiency and performance.
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing these SNURs under TSCA section 5(a)(2) for chemical substances which are the subjects of PMNs P-18-289, P-18-330, P-18-334, P-18-335, and P-18-337.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released a new fact sheet to clear up misconceptions about ammonium nitrate dangers (PDF) and to provide best practices for protecting buildings and surroundings.
The newly created ISO expert committee ISO/TC 330, Surfaces with biocidal and antimicrobial properties, aims to resolve such inconsistencies by developing internationally agreed requirements and guidance.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is further postponing the manual completeness checks on chemical safety reports that was foreseen to start in November 2020. The postponement is due to the financial situation that forces us to review our planned work for 2021. We will inform you later more precisely about when the these checks are expected. The chemical safety report is a key source of information and companies should an any case make sure that it meets the legal requirements.
Six new substance evaluation conclusion documents are now available for:
- 1-(4-methyl-2-nitrophenylazo)-2-naphthol (EC 219-372-2, CAS 2425-85-6) added to the CoRAP list in 2019 and evaluated by Germany;
- 1-[(2-chloro-4-nitrophenyl)azo]-2-naphthol (EC 220-562-2, CAS 2814-77-9) added to the CoRAP list in 2019 and evaluated by Germany;
- 1-[(2,4-dinitrophenyl)azo]-2-naphthol (EC 222-429-4, CAS 3468-63-1) added to the CoRAP list in 2019 and evaluated by Germany;
- propargite (EC 219-006-1, CAS 2312-35-8), added to the CoRAP list in 2019 and evaluated by The Netherlands;
- tert-butyl perbenzoate (EC 210-382-2, CAS 614-45-9) added to the CoRAP list in 2013 and evaluated by Italy; and
- reaction mass of 2,6-di-tert-butylphenol and 2,4,6-tri-tert-butylphenol (EC 907-745-9; CAS -), added to the CoRAP list in 2015 and evaluated by Belgium.
Industrial chemicals with CAS numbers 944730-39-6, 26403-74-7 and 526203-62-3 have been added to the Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals in accordance with section 82 of the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 because 5 years have passed since the assessment certificates for the industrial chemicals were issued.
Even if you don’t own or work at a small business, you probably know someone who does. You know how dramatically COVID-19 has impacted them – and with the second wave now upon us the challenges continue to mount.