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March 18, 2010

Proposed Bill Would Amend CEPA To Address Nanomaterials

Lynn L. Bergeson

On March 10, 2010, Member of Parliament Peter Julian (NDP) tabled legislation (Bill C-494) in the House of Commons that would amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) to implement procedures for the investigation and assessment of nanomaterials. The bill includes provisions concerning adding nanomaterials to the Domestic Substances List (DSL), notification of significant new activity, risk assessment procedures, and would establish a public inventory of nanotechnology and nanomaterials in Canada. According to the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP), the proposed amendments “will help implement a national strategy to guide the development of nanotechnology.”