Toxic Substances Management Policy (TSMP)
The federal government’s Toxic Substances Management Policy was
announced in Parliament on June 2, 1995. This policy provides a
science-based framework for the management of toxic substances. The key
management objectives in the policy are:
virtual elimination of releases to the environment of toxic substances
that are persistent and bioaccumulative and are present in the
environment primarily due to human activity (Track 1); and
management of other toxic substances and substances of concern
throughout their life cycles to prevent or minimize their release into the
environment (Track 2).
For substances declared to be toxic under CEPA, the policy provides
directional guidance in selecting management objectives.
The Toxic Substances Management Policy Interdepartmental Forum,
representing 12 key departments, co-ordinates the implementation of the
TSMP. The initial list of 12 substances which meet the criteria for
management under Track 1 of TSMP was published in Part 1 of the Canada
Gazette on July 4, 1998. They are:
hexachlorobenzene (HCB)
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs)
polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs)
All 12 substances are persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, which also
enter the Canadian environment from foreign sources through long-range
atmospheric transport. Within Canada, action has alr…