This Act was also initiated as a private members bill. It requires the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health to make, within nine months after it takes effect, a regulation to add perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS) and its salts to the Virtual Elimination List compiled under ss. 65(2) of the CEPA 1999.
PFOS was used in many fabrics as a stain repellent, including in rugs, upholstery, clothing as well as in food packaging, cleaners and in fire-fighting foams. According to statements made before Parliament it was shown subsequently to be a carcinogen and also bioaccumulative.