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Canada updates chemicals management strategy

October 03, 2011
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OTTAWA, Canada -- The Canadian government has announced plans to invest $508 million into its chemicals management strategy, the Winnipeg Free Press reported.
Environment Minister Peter Kent and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said the money will go toward assessing the safety of plastics and researching substances such as bisphenol A, flame retardants and chemicals suspected of affecting hormones.
The government will also finance a study of the long-term effects of exposure to environmental chemicals on infants, children and pregnant women.

The government had initially invested $300 million in 2006, but that funding has now run out.

“Canadians want to have confidence in the products they use every day, and reassurance that they are not harmful to the environment,” said Kent.
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