Public Comment Completed: Canada and the United States Seek Nominations for Consideration in the Development of a Second Set of Candidate Chemicals of Mutual Concern under Annex 3 of the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

A view of Hamilton Harbour on the western tip of Lake Ontario on December 13, 2012. © Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Pursuant to Annex 3 of the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, Canada and the U.S. are seeking nominations of chemicals for consideration in the development of a second set of candidate Chemicals of Mutual Concern (CMCs).

By designating a chemical as a CMC, Canada and the U.S. signal their intention to reduce its anthropogenic release into the environment through the development of binational strategies and actions, which may include binational or domestic actions such as research, monitoring, surveillance and pollution prevention and control provisions.

A process has been established by which consideration will be given to candidate CMC nominations from state and provincial governments, tribal governments, First Nations and Métis in the Great Lakes Basin, as well as from external stakeholders such as industry, non-government organizations, academia and the general public.

While external stakeholder nominations for candidate CMCs are welcome at any time, in order for any candidate CMC nomination to be given consideration for possible inclusion in the second set, it must be submitted in full by August 29, 2016.

Additional information about the nomination process and criteria for candidate CMC nominations may be found by visiting http://binational.net/2015/05/13/cmc-pro-pcspm/.

To submit nominations, or if you have questions regarding nominations, please visit: http://binational.net/contact-communiquez/.