Canada to stop opposing listing asbestos as hazardous

Quoted from http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/14/us-asbestos-canada-idUSBRE88D1IX20120914

Canada to stop opposing listing asbestos as hazardous

By Randall Palmer

OTTAWA | Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:08pm EDT

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada dropped its longtime opposition on Friday to the international listing of asbestos as a hazardous material, a designation intended to curb the use abroad of the fire-resistant substance, which can cause cancer and other illnesses.

Canada had been the main opponent of such a listing, which would require exporters to warn importing countries of the hazards of asbestos, and would allow countries to ban its import. The listing would not of itself ban its sale.

Industry Minister Christian Paradis said he made the decision as a logical consequence of plans by Quebec’s provincial premier-designate, Pauline Marois, effectively to end the production of the substance. Quebec is the only place in Canada where it’s produced.

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