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  • Addressing chemicals and EMF air pollution, with Right to a Healthy Environment implementation
  • Right to a Healthy Environment implementation must address chemicals AND EMF Air Pollution
  • Safer telecommunications, safer chemicals, with the RIght to a Healthy Environment
  • Reduce chemical and EMF pollution with Right to a Healthy Environment implementation

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RESPONSE: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RIGHT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT UNDER CEPA

I am …

Ambitious, effective implementation of the Right to a Healthy Environment under CEPA is essential, to start to counter environmental degradation, accelerating climate chaos and rapidly increasing cancers in younger Canadians. 

It is important to track and inventory substances and releases, but these are upstream endpoints. The bottom line for CEPA is health, and Canada’s not meeting key goals to protect human and environmental health.

Activities, tools and transparency to slow and reverse today’s “poly-crisis” include:

  • Mechanisms to constrain the flood of hazardous novel substances such as plastics ingredients, that are building up in the environment and in us.
    • Consider “essentiality” and implement the “substitution principle,” in earliest screenings to cull novel substances.
    • Shift the burden of proof, to require proof of superiority as well as safety for new and existing substances.
       
  • Substantial reductions in petroleum-based products are essential, meaning more and safer reuse/recycling and less use of “virgin” materials.
    • Limit substances in use to those with lower environmental footprints. Potential criteria include essentiality, and embodied energy and carbon from extraction to reuse/recycling, by-products and breakdown products, to name a few. 
    • Implement an ambitious continuous improvement system (e.g., two substances cancelled for one added to the Domestic Substances List).
    • “Wireless” radiation should be minimized by use of fibre-optic infrastructure, that is faster, safer, more resilient and climate-friendly (ALARA principle – “as low as reasonably achievable”)
       
  • Monitoring and transparency
    Important bottom lines are human and environmental health. Canada needs the ability and capacity to detect changes in patterns of health and disease, and to associate sentinel events and trends—e.g., birds’ eggshell thinning, biodiversity crashing, or increasing cancers, with changes in harmful exposures:
    • Improve long term quantitative emissions, pollution (air, water, foods, drinking water, etc.) and uses data, making time-stamped, spatially reported data inter-operable with human and wildlife health trends data;
    • Report via a mapping application the locations and emissions from telecommunications infrastructure, with access to historical versions to track ongoing rollout and associated exposures; 
    • Report data on biomonitoring and environmental exposures monitoring, in built and natural environments; and
    • Monitor substances in consumer goods, including packaging, with testing and actions against suppliers of products not meeting a “best-practice” standard. (Note: Vulnerable populations may rely on inexpensive imports with potentially toxic ingredients and packaging.)
    • Support ongoing independent research programs, with well-informed priorities planning.
       
  • Assess and establish a National Standard for anthropogenic electromagnetic fields (e.g., “wireless” EMFs) as an air pollutant under CEPA:
    • “Wireless” radiation and fields around electricity transmission lines (anthropogenic EMFs) are not assessed or regulated to protect non-human species in Canada;
    • The CEPA definition for air pollution is not restricted to substances—it logically includes this environmental exposure;
    • EMFs were mentioned in the recent biodiversity consultation and Milestone Report;
    • EMFs harm every species that was adequately tested;
    • This is the most rapidly increasing pollutant – over a billion billion-fold over the past century, and accelerating; and
    • Anthropogenic EMFs interact with substances, and could represent an important co-factor in adverse effects including biodiversity losses.
        

Sincerely,

Be sure to include your contact information, and address and postal code at the bottom so the government knows you are a resident, and your MP knows you are their constituent.


MORE: Here are some more ideas you could include in your email:
  • Pollution monitoring and reporting, and community-informed and even participatory research.
  • Strengthening regulations to protect the environment as well as vulnerable human populations (e.g., children and the unborn; workers and residents in industrial and under-privileged and racialized communities; and individuals with health conditions and greater risks of adverse effects), with enforceable standards and measures for real workplace and community protection.

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