ENGO Engagement in Consultations on the proposed guideline for MAPBAP Acetate

Consultation

Closed Consultation

When: Conference call was held on March 15, 2012.

Introduction:

The Environmental Release Guideline for MAPBAP acetate is a risk management tool to limit releases to water from facilities manufacturing, processing and using MAPBAP acetate or products containing MAPBAP acetate.

Meetings will be held on March 13, 2012 (Montréal, in French) and on March 15, 2012 (Gatineau/Ottawa, in English), to provide background and context on the MAPBAP acetate Risk Management Approach and to present an opportunity for stakeholders to provide their comments on the development of the proposed Guideline. Delegates will be expected to attend one of the two consultation sessions in person, however, participation via teleconference will be an available option.

The Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN), through its Toxics, Atmosphere and Energy Caucus, has been invited by Environment Canada to select 2 ENGO delegates to participate in this consultation.

The ENGO representatives will attend the presentations and participate in the discussions with other stakeholders to provide their views of the matters discussed and will provide comments in writing following the consultation. Following the comment period, Environment Canada will take comments received into consideration when drafting the proposed Guideline. 

Background Information on the proposed guideline for MAPBAP Acetate:
The risk management for Methylium, [4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]bis[4-ethylamino)-3-methylphenyl]-, acetate, also known as MAPBAP acetate is an Environmental Release Guideline to limit releases to water from pulp and paper facilities manufacturing, processing and using MAPBAP acetate or products containing MAPBAP acetate.

The Government of Canada has conducted a screening assessment of MAPBAP acetate. The results of the final screening assessment indicate that although MAPBAP acetate has the potential to remain in the environment for a long time, it is not expected to accumulate in organisms. Furthermore, the quantity of MAPBAP acetate that may be released to the environment is above the level expected to cause harm to organisms.

The Government of Canada has therefore concluded that MAPBAP acetate is entering the environment in a quantity or under conditions that constitute a danger to the environment. However, the Government of Canada has also concluded that MAPBAP acetate is not harmful to the health of the general population at current exposure levels. The final screening assessment and the proposed risk management approach documents were published on July 31, 2010.

Selected ENGO delegates:
Delores Broten. Reach for Unbleached Foundation DELEGATE
Anna Tillman. International Institute of Concern for Public Health (IICPH) DELEGATE
Mary Richardson. Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Council ALTERNATE

ENGO Delegate Consolidated Submission (Submitted: Monday, March 26th., 2012)

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