Plastic Waste – Canada “Toxic Substance” Designation Challenged

A June 4, 2021 Canada law firm McCarthy Tétrault article https://www.mccarthy.ca/en/insights/blogs/canadian-era-perspectives/coalition-canadian-plastic-industry-members-launch-legal-challenge-designation-plastic-manufactured-items-toxic-under-cepa reports that “… a group of plastic manufacturers is now challenging the federal government in court following the government’s designation of manufactured plastic items as a ‘toxic substance’ … alleging that the designation is unconstitutional and scientifically inaccurate … The Coalition argues that the designation is contrary to federal criminal power, as ‘plastic manufactured items’ is an ‘impermissibly broad term’ that lacks the precision necessary for criminal prohibitions … contends that the designation intrudes on provincial jurisdiction over waste management … the category of ‘plastic manufactured items’ fails to meet CEPA’s definitions of ‘substance; and ‘toxic’ … [and] the designation is based on conjecture, not evidence …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic @McCarthy_ca

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