The Right to a Healthy Environment will only be realised if CEPA is amended to enable the best choices to be made regarding substances and technologies. Permitting everything that slips under a poorly assessed or enforced regulatory bar enables pollution and climate chaos.
Protecting human and environmental health requires recognizing characteristics of hazardous chemicals and mechanisms of toxicity. The list prescribed in CEPA, is decades old. We discusses how increases in chronic diseases and cancers seen in Canadians match missing toxicity endpoints. CEPA’s definitions must reflect modern science.
Chlorpyrifos is an insecticide that emerged from WW II nerve gas chemistry. It damages the nervous system - even young brains even before babies are born - and can cause cancer.