Canada sets out ministerial conditions for phenol, methylstyrenated use

Chemical Watch | February 08, 2019

The Canadian government has imposed ministerial conditions allowing certain uses of phenol, methylstyrenated. The conditions say the substance may only be used as a component in epoxy-based coatings, where those products are applied in a spray booth or enclosed area, and used for minor maintenance at quantities not exceeding 10kg a day at any given site. The conditions also set out certain disposal, environmental release and record-keeping requirements. Phenol, methylstyrenated is an organic unknown or variable composition, complex reaction product and biological material (UVCB) with persistent, bioaccumulative and inherently toxic (PBiT) properties. Canada assessed the substance in 2008 and determined that it does not meet toxicity criteria as laid out in section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (Cepa). This is because it was not entering the environment at levels that posed a risk to human health or the environment.

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However as a wise person once said we humans cannot live without the earth’s resources, while the earth can get along quite nicely without us. Helping rid the world of hazardous chemicals is therefore a key step to helping maintain earth’s atmosphere and its ecosystems.

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