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First Batch of Hazardous Chemicals of Priority Environmental Concern (HCPEC) Set to be Released

  •   13 Jun 2013
  •    Bob White
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    HCPEC ListThe draft inventory of Hazardous Chemicals of Priority Environmental Concern (HCPEC) is set to be released in a series of batches. The first batch of the “Hazardous Chemicals of Priority Environmental Concern” contains 142 chemical substances. Before being formally added to the draft version of the inventory the batches are first subject to a period of consultation. There is overlap between the 58 categories of chemicals highlighted in the MEP’s 12th FYP and the draft list. As stipulated in MEP order 22, “Measures for the Environmental Management of Hazardous Chemical Registration (Trial)”, the manufacturers and users of HCPECs are further required to conduct the environmental risk assessment and submit release & transfer report. Therefore, companies should be cautious about the inclusion of the List. For the new chemicals identified as “priority environmental concern”, companies just need to fulfill the risk mitigation obligations stipulated in the New Chemical Substance Notification (NCSN), which is beyond the scope of the Order 22.


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    The 1st batch of HCPEC list was a progressive step but still with much reluctance. It could be seen from the qualifying criteria - env. risk, cumulative risk and health hazard of carcinogen - that Chinese HazChem regulation still possess the out-dated standard of ignoring chronic health impact. Even with such backward policy demands, MEP were still facing enormous resistance which could be proved by the delay of the publishing of HCPECs - the MEP22 was on effect eversince March, 2013. but after 3 months (maybe more), the substance list still was not disclosed. Under such circumstance, the loose regulation will become the heaven of chemical industries and a manufacturer-immigrant could be foreseen.
    Monday, 17 June 2013