CEC Releases Draft Chemical Action Plans
North American Environmental Commission Releases Draft Chemical Action Plans
for Public Comment
----Montreal, October 18, 1996.
Action plans aimed at reducing the dangerous effects of mercury and two
pesticides in North America are being released today for public comment. The
Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), whose governing body is
composed of high-level environmental officials from Canada, Mexico and the
United States, sent out copies of the plans to nearly 100 scientists,
representatives of non-governmental organizations and industry. An action
plan for PCBs was already sent out for public review.
Comments and suggestions on the four action plans will be reviewed by the
working groups that developed the action plans. At a meeting to be held in
Mexico City at the end of the month, working group participants will take
these comments into account while preparing the final drafts of the regional
hazardous chemical action plans. The first draft action plans will be
presented to the three governments by the end of the year. This is the
second time the working group has released the draft
action plans for public comment.
The North American environment ministers chose the group of four hazardous
substances=97PCBs, mercury, chlordane and DDT=97at their annual meeting last
year in Oaxaca, Mexico. Canada, Mexico and the United States created a
high-level working group in response to growing global concern over the
health dangers posed by such substances. The CEC Council of Ministers agreed
that these four dangerous substances would be the first to be identified by
the three countries for eventual reduction or regional phase-out. While
steps have been taken in Canada, Mexico and the United States to control the
use and release of all four substances they continue to exist at
unacceptable levels in the North American environment. In keeping with
two other hazardous pollutants or heavy metals will be identified by the
NAFTA partners by the end of this year.
The CEC (http://www.cec.org/), equally funded by the governments of Canada,
Mexico and the United States, is located in Montreal. The Council of
Ministers is composed of Canadian Environment Minister Sergio Marchi, the
Mexican Secretary of Environment, Natural Resources and Fisheries Julia
Carabias, and EPA Administrator Carol Browner.
For more information please contact Andrew Hamilton (the Head of CEC
Division) at (514) 350-4300.
NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation
393 rue St-Jacques, West, Bureau 200
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