Canada Tackles Chemicals

Science  22 Dec 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5807, pp. 1859b
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5807.1859b

Canadian regulators last week began banning 350 chemicals after government scientists concluded a 7-year review of almost 23,000 chemicals. The list includes bisphenol A, marking the first time that any government has banned the common additive, found in plastics. “We're not afraid. There's an awful lot of science supporting the safety of bisphenol A,” says Steven Hentges of the American Plastics Council. In addition, scientists will look at some 4000 of the most worrisome chemicals under a $300 million program aimed at identifying dangerous and environmentally persistent toxic substances.

Richard Denison, a senior scientist with Environmental Defense in Washington, D.C., applauds the move, noting that the U.S. government has only examined “a few thousand of the 82,000 chemicals in its inventory.”

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