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1 Regional Report to WCC October 16, 2014 Marion Axmith, Executive Director

2 Canadian Chlorine Chemistry Council Mandate Stakeholder Outreach Issues Advocacy World Chlorine Council

3 C4 Mandate An alliance of associations & companies committed to the responsible manufacture & use of chlorine Facilitates dialogue & enables informed, science-based public policy decisions in Canada

4 Stakeholder Outreach To support & promote safe drinking water disinfection with chlorination. – Ten events  conferences  tradeshows per year – Stakeholders  Public Health Inspectors; First Nations/Aboriginal groups; Canadian Water & Wastewater Association; Pool & Hot Tub Council; Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors; Government – Health Canada, Environment Canada – Direct engagement ~1,500 – 2,000 stakeholders


6 Stakeholder Outreach National First Nations Infrastructure Conference “Drinking Water Chlorination” presentation Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corp. Water Symposium on Drinking Water Quality CWWA Conferences on Wastewater Research, Drinking Water, Government Trends CACD Emergency Preparedness Day – 400 students/teachers/parents CI Conference & WCC Meetings C4/CCD Meetings – Assembly of First Nations; Heath Canada; CWWA & CIAC



9 PMRA Registration of Chlorine Registration of chlorine for wastewater treatment – Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (Health Canada) – Raised by a regional officer at an Ontario Wastewater Treatment Plant in 2013 – Chlorine has never been registered as a pesticide in Canada – Awaiting decision by PMRA’s Science Management Committee as to whether chlorine will require registration for this application

10 Issue – Rail Safety Tragic oil train derailment & explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Québec July ‘13 claimed 47 lives $200 million spent so far on clean up + costs rebuilding of town, class action lawsuits, etc. Criminal charges filed against 3 railway staff Transport Canada launched review of nation’s rail liability, insurance & compensation regime (CI & CIAC have responded to Govt. review) Jan. ‘14 Transport Canada proposed new regulations for DOT 111 tank cars to incl. thicker steel, additional fittings & head shield protection Aug. ‘14 Transportation Safety Board filed Report which cites 18 factors contributing to the accident. Recommendations include: – Better securement of unattended trains – More thorough audits of safety management systems to manage safety Link to TSB Report: reports/rail/2013/R13D0054.pdf reports/rail/2013/R13D0054.pdf

11 Communications C4 letters on safe storage and handling of pool chemicals sent to hospitals, hotels, fire departments, municipalities, etc. in response to incidents outlined in Chlorine Watch C4 letter re: Norovirus Posters sent to Vancouver Hospital following norovirus outbreak Water Quality & Health Council articles published in Canada incl: – Fred Reiff’s “Battling Biofilms in Aging Water Infrastructure” published in two Newsletters Jan. ‘14 & Spring 2014 – “The Article on Pool Chemical Safety Video in The Chemunicator - Summer CACD Magazine C4 Ad created for CWWA Conference Program on “Chlorinated drinking water has helped keep Canadians safe for more than 100 years. Here’s to the next 100 years!” Norovirus Posters now available in English/French/Spanish posted on C4 website Pool Chemical Safety video translated into French C4 website updated

12 Advocacy To advocate with Government on policy & regulatory developments to enable officials to make responsible and informed decisions about chlorine chemistry. – Maintain relationships with Industry Coordinating Group (ICG) on Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) & monitor Chemical Management Plan – no serious concerns related to chlorine substances currently – ICG’s CEPA Update Conference http://cepa-icg.ca – Govt Chemicals Management Plan Progress Report can be accessed through link: Maintain relationships with Health Canada, Environment Canada, Transport Canada, as required – C4 & CCD Meeting with Health Canada in April/14


14 World Chlorine Council (WCC) Support WCC’s Strategic Plan & goals Participate in the WCC Global Advocacy & Science Team (GAST) focused on Stockholm, Rotterdam & Basel Conventions; UNEP Mercury Program & Minamata Convention; chlorine & asthma/disinfection by-products; UN Sustainable Development Goals in post- 2015 agenda Government of Canada has formed a Minamata Convention Working Group

15 Contact Information Marion Axmith, Executive Director Canadian Chlorine Chemistry Council 4 Forest Ridge Drive Toronto, Ontario, M6B 1H1 Canada Telephone: 416.456.4619 Email: Web: http://www.cfour.org

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