Department of Environment looking into Canadian sewage to help prevent pollution

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A Canadian agency that blacklisted plastic toys now has toiletries and medicine cabinet items under the microscope and will focus on sewage.

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A Blacklock’s report says staff with The Department of Environment is researching the new items for “the purpose of protecting the environment and health and well-being of Canadians.”

“A major part of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act is to prevent pollution and address the exposure and potential effects of chemical substances,” the staff wrote in a notice.

The Department plans to hire contractors to monitor the toiletry chemicals in municipal sewage.

Substances researchers are looking for include acetaminophen, caffeine, codeine, ibuprofen in non-prescription painkillers like Advil, sucralose and triclosan, an antimicrobial chemical used in shampoos and toothpaste.

“The results of this program contribute to science based decisions on the assessment and management of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in Canada. The objective of this work is to obtain high quality chemical analysis of many pharmaceuticals and personal care products in raw effluent,” said the notice Analysis Of Wastewater, Sludge, Biosolids, Leachate And Other Complex Environmental Matrices For Pharmaceuticals And Personal Care Products .

The costs of the research is unknown.

In May, the Department used the   Environmental Protection Act to list as toxic “all plastic manufactured items” including toys, textiles, kitchen appliances, carpets, bottling and packaging.

“Plastic manufactured items leapfrogged from political commitment to a toxic designation without any testing or risk-based assessment,” company lawyers wrote the Court.

“This is precisely the mischief the Act’s rigorous, science-based scheme was intended to avoid.”


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