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Transcript of RA 6969
This Act shall be known as
the “Toxic Substances and
Hazardous and Nuclear
Wastes Control Act of
Declaration of Policy
It is the policy of the
State to regulate, restrict, prohibit
the importation, manufacture, processing, sale, distribution, use and disposal of chemical substances and mixtures that present unreasonable risk and/or injury to health or the environment.
This Act shall cover the importation, manufacture, use and disposal of all unregulated chemical substances and mixtures in the Philippines.
a. To keep an inventory and regulate the importation, use and disposal of chemical substances and mixtures that present unreasonable risk or injury to health or to the environment .
b. To monitor and regulate the importation, use and disposal of chemical substances and mixtures that present unreasonable risk or injury to health or to the environment in accordance with national policies and international commitments.
As used in this Act :
a. Chemical substance – means any organic or inorganic substance of a particular molecular identity.
b. Process – means the preparation of a chemical substance or mixture after it’s manufacture for commercial distribution.
c. Importation – means the entry of a product or substance into the Philippines (through the seaports or airports of entry) after having been properly cleared.
d. Manufacture – means the mechanical or chemical transformation of substances into new products whether work is performed by power-driven machines or by hand.
e. Nuclear Wastes – are hazardous wastes made radioactive by exposure to the radiation incidental to the production or utilization of nuclear fuels but does not include nuclear fuel.
Functions, Powers and Responsibilities of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources shall be the implementing agency tasked with the following functions, powers, and responsibilities.
Inter-agency Technical Advisory Council
There is a hereby created an Interagency Technical Advisory Council attached to DENR which shall be composed of officials or their duty authorized representatives.
Pre-Manufacturing and Pre-Importation Requirements
Before any new chemical substances or mixture can be manufactured, processed or imported for the first time as determined by the DENR, the manufacturer, processor or importer .
Chemicals Subject to Testing – Testing shall be required in all cases where:
a. There is a reason to believe that the chemical substances or mixtures may present an unreasonable risk to health or environmental exposure there to
b. There are insufficient data and experience for determining or predicting the health and environmental effects of the chemical substance or mixture
Action by the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources or his Duly Authorized Representative – The Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources or his duly authorized representative shall, within ninety (90) days from the date of filing of the notice of manufacture, processing or importation of a chemical substance or mixture.