This report on a “Process for Identifying Candidate Substances for Regional Action under the Sound Management of Chemicals Initiative” is one of a number of regional undertakings that stem from the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation between the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States. That Agreement established the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) to “facilitate cooperation on the conservation, protection and enhancement of the environment in their territories”.
The Council (of Ministers) of the Commission, the governing body of the CEC, agreed to Resolution #95-5 on the Sound Management of Chemicals on 13 October 1995, at its second regular meeting held in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Resolution established “a working group comprised of two senior officials selected by each Party whose duties pertain to the regulation or management of toxic substances and who shall work with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) to implement the decisions and commitments set out in this Resolution”. The Resolution specifically calls for the development of North American Regional Action Plans (NARAPs) for selected persistent and toxic substances as a first priority in the Parties’ common desire to address national and regional concerns associated with the sound management of chemicals. This report is a response to the decision to develop “refined criteria for identifying persistent and toxic substances for regional action.”