ADVERTISEMENT
2 /3 FREE ARTICLES LEFT THIS MONTH Remaining
Chemistry matters. Join us to get the news you need.

If you have an ACS member number, please enter it here so we can link this account to your membership. (optional)

ACS values your privacy. By submitting your information, you are gaining access to C&EN and subscribing to our weekly newsletter. We use the information you provide to make your reading experience better, and we will never sell your data to third party members.

ENJOY UNLIMITED ACCES TO C&EN

Environment

Canada Moves Against Four Toxic Chemicals

May 26, 2008 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 86, ISSUE 21

Because of their potential toxicity, Canada has proposed designating four commercial chemicals for "virtual elimination," thereby restricting releases of these chemicals to the environment to the smallest levels possible. The substances selected by two national regulatory agencies, Environment Canada and Health Canada, are vinyl acetate and three siloxanes: decamethylcyclopentasiloxane, octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane, and dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane. Vinyl acetate is used to produce paints, coatings, adhesives, wires and cables, safety glass, and other products. The three siloxanes are ingredients in personal care products such as shampoos and cosmetics. Under the May 17 proposal, Canada would classify vinyl acetate as toxic to human health and the three siloxanes as toxic to the environment. The proposal is part of Canada's efforts to screen thousands of chemicals in commerce for health and environmental effects.

X

Article:

This article has been sent to the following recipient:

Leave A Comment

*Required to comment