Toxics Caucus

Collection of materials prepared jointly with members of the Toxics Caucus of the Canadian Environmental Network

The Toxics Caucus, with over 125 member organizations, is one of 12 caucuses or working groups coordinated by the Canadian Environmental Network (CEN). Its main focus is on ensuring the effectiveness of legislation and policy related to the management of toxic substances in Canada. Paul Muldoon, CELA's Executive Director, has chaired the Toxics Caucus since 1994 when the Caucus was established to coordinate activities around the five-year review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).Since 1994, the Caucus has coordinated its activities around a number of federal iniatives including:

  • The National Pollutants Release Inventory;
  • Towards Pollution Prevention: A Federal Strategy for Action, the Strategic Options Process;
  • The assessment of substances under the Priority Substances List;
  • Participation in the development of a screening framework for the Domestic Substances List;
  • The Canada-wide Standard-Setting Process under the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment; and
  • the development of a global treaty on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

Since the passage of CEPA, 1999, the Caucus has focused on issues of CEPA implementation.Collected below are documents prepared collectively by various Caucus members since 1994. A separate collection is provided on this site concerning the Review of CEPA that culminated in CEPA, 1999 and on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Media Releases

Groups Issue Warning: Keep Existing Pollution Law Rather Than Introduce Weaker One Lobbied for by Industry and Provinces

Intervenor Articles

Intervenor: vol. 27, no. 1 - 2, January - June 2002