Stockpiles of dangerous chemicals are being stored much longer than required: federal audit

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OTTAWA — Five years after an audit warned that the Canada Border Services Agency wasn’t properly managing stockpiles of dangerous chemicals a followup audit shows most problems haven’t been fixed, even as the agency has to deal with increasing amounts of toxic products. “The control and disposal of seized goods, including precursor chemicals, is a long-standing issue for the CBSA,” begins an internal audit report dated September 2019 but published on CBSA’s website last week. As part of its mandate, the federal agency is tasked with detecting and controlling imports of certain highly toxic substances called precursor chemicals.