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IMA-NA Comments on Asbestos Consultation Document

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, June 2, 2017

The Industrial Minerals Association – North American (IMA-NA) filed comments on Canada’s Consultation Document on the proposed regulatory approach to prohibit asbestos and products containing asbestos published on April 20, 2017 (Consultation Document).  The comments note with approval risk management decisions implemented by various governments.  The comments go on to address the scope of the Consultation Document and its approach to the generic and non-mineralogical term “asbestos.”  IMA-NA stressed the importance of applying sound science in a clear fashion to ensure that common rock fragments and soil are not mistakenly included in any regulation ultimately adopted.  To avoid this unintended outcome, the comments highlighted the importance of using Chemical Abstract Service Registry Numbers to identify with specificity the “asbestos” minerals to be covered.  The comments close by expressing support for the proposed general exemption in the regulations of naturally occurring traces of asbestos.

Responses to the Consultation Document will help inform regulations anticipated to be proposed by Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada in December 2017.

The comments, without the attachments, are posted below.

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Tags:  asbestos  Canada  Consultation Document  Environment and Climate Change Canada  Health Canada  nonasbestiform 

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