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What is the science on dioxins and furans?

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What is the science on dioxins and furans?

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Dioxins and furans are a family of chemicals formed as a by-product of combustion processes. Scientific assessments have found dioxins and furans to be among the most hazardous compounds to human health and the environment. They are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic. Dioxins and furans are known carcinogens and have been linked to developmental, respiratory, reproductive and cardiovascular disorders. They are also suspected endocrine disruptors. Extent of the problem The total Canadian atmospheric release of dioxins and furans is currently estimated at 200 grams per year, from more than 20 different sectors and activities. Emissions from coastal pulp and paper boilers and the incineration sector are estimated at about 50 grams, or about 25% of national emissions of dioxins and furans. Achieving the Standard Ministers will receive regular reports on progress in achieving the CWSs. These will include a review in 2006 to determine whether further targets towards virtual elimination sh

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