Environment Minister Jim Prentice and his U.S. and Mexican counterparts signed a joint Statement of Intent acknowledging their commitment to develop a regional framework for the safe management of harmful chemicals. In Canada, implementation of the Agreement will be made under the Chemicals Management Plan, ensuring that Canada will share best practices.

By 2012, the U.S. has pledged to assess and initiate the need for action on over 6.750 existing chemicals. Canada has pledged to complete the assessment and take regulatory action on substances of highest priority and initiate assessment on medium-priority substances and Mexico has pledged to develop an information system for dangerous materials. By 2020, the three countries hope to achieve the establishment or updating of chemical inventories, enhanced capacity in Mexico, and the sound management of chemicals throughout North America.

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