The three North American countries, Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America, under the auspices of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, (CEC) have recognized that the organochlorine pesticide lindane and other isomers of hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) may constitute a risk to human health and the environment.
The three Parties of the CEC also recognize that lindane and other isomers of HCH meet several internationally accepted criteria for persistence, bioaccumulation factors and toxicity. While lindane is no longer produced in North America, it continues to be used for varying applications and in different quantities in the three countries. Consequently, the Parties, through the development of this trilateral action plan, will reduce the risks from exposure to the various isomers of HCH, and where warranted, eliminate or ban uses of lindane in particular. This will be accomplished through regulatory and management actions, outreach and education efforts, science and research, capacity building, and collaborative cross-border activities.