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In 2008, the federal government declared Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) as “CEPA toxic,” which meant it could be banned or its uses severely restricted. It has important uses as a paint and adhesives additive as well as a widely used resin barrier in food packaging thereby impacting a range of valuable product lines.
CPCA aligned with other sectors and their member companies in a coalition and reversed the “CEPA toxic” designation of VAM based on sound science with effective advocacy.
Sector compliance savings were conservatively estimated to be a minimum of $30 million in Canada and $270 million across North America. This was the first time the federal government reversed such a decision, all based on sound science and the weight of evidence brought to their attention by CPCA. Members were pleased.