Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has issued proposals to alter Canada’s ‘Products Contain Mercury Regulations’. Introduced in March 2018, the proposition will bring Canada’s mercury limits for some fluorescent lighting into alignment with the requirements of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
The proposed changes will affect:
- General Purpose Linear Fluorescent Lamps (LFLs)
- Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps
- External Electrode Fluorescent Lamps
The Minamata Convention on Mercury was ratified by Canada in April 2017, the 41st country to accept it. The convention is a global attempt to address the problems of mercury pollution. It has the objective of protecting the environment and human health by reducing or eliminating the use of mercury by 2020. For example, the convention is trying to reduce the amount of mercury to below a certain level in fluorescent lamps
Canada’s ‘Products Containing Mercury Regulations’ were originally published in November 2014 and enacted on November 8, 2015. This regulation seeks to prohibit the import and manufacture of products containing mercury or any of its compounds. Exempted products included some medical and research products, and certain lamps and lighting products were given a mercury content limit. These special cases covered products where no cost-effective or viable alternative existed.
The ECCC is also proposing the removal of the exemption on automobile headlights because non-mercury containing alternatives exist. If accepted, the proposal could remove the exemption in 2023.
Stakeholders should expect the publication of this proposal for public comment in late 2018. They should remain aware of the potential for change in the regulations regarding mercury content and ensure their products remain compliant with the latest Canadian laws.
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