Opinion

Microbeads: let’s ban them and fix how we deal with toxics

While many have expressed concern that the process of banning microbeads has taken too long, it has happened at lightning speed compared to the turtle-like progress that has plagued other toxic chemicals assessed under the federal Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) in recent years.


The federal government’s recent decision to declare microbeads toxic by adding them to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) is a smart step. It enables the federal government to follow the U.S. lead and ban microbeads for good. But more action is needed to protect Canadians from toxic chemicals.


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By MAGGIE MACDONALD

PUBLISHED : Monday, July 25, 2016 12:00 AM

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