Filed under: chemicals, Global issues | Tags: chemicals, Persistent Organic Pollutants
The Stockholm Convention, an environmental treaty which aims to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) at a global level, has produced a report following its ninth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review.
The report showed that chlorinated naphthalenes and hexachlorobutadiene were recommended for listing in Annexes A and C of the Convention. Annex A covers substances which are planned for elimination with specific, time-limited exemptions. Annex C covers POPs that are unintentionally produced, for example as industrial by-products and combustion processes.
Additionally, the committee decided that decabromodiphenyl ether met Annex D criteria. Annex D lists additional POPs.
Revised guidance on alternatives to perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS) its salts, PSOSF and related chemicals was adopted by the committee. These chemicals have been a cause for concern in EU Member States for some years.
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