The Honourable John Baird
Minister of the Environment
10 Wellington St.
Gatineau, Québec, K1A 0H3
November 12, 2010
Dear Mr. Minister:
I am writing to you with respect to the Siloxane D5 Board of Review ("Board") which was established on August 21, 2010 in the Canada Gazette, vol. 144, No. 34. In the Terms of Reference, the Board was directed to submit a report to you, together with its recommendation and the evidence that was presented, on or before March 31, 2011.
The Board has recently been informed by the Parties that important data and research will not be available for the Board, or opposing Parties, to review until the end of 2010 or early in the new year. The Board is committed to concluding a thorough and comprehensive review of the nature and extent of the dangers posed by Siloxane D5. To do so, the Board, and the Parties, will need an adequate period of time to review the data and research currently being prepared.
In view of this, the Board has determined that an extension of the time for submitting its report and recommendations to you is required. Therefore, the Board will deliver its report and recommendations, along with the evidence presented, on or before September 30, 2011.
I want to assure you, Minister, that the Board is committed to discharging its mandate as expeditiously as the considerations of science and fairness permit. In my view, the extended timeframe will not have a significant impact on the costs associated with the review.
John p. Giesy, PhD, F.R.S.C.
Chair, Siloxane D5 Board of Review
c.c. Mr. Don Stewart, Registrar
Siloxane D5 Board of Review