EU ratifies Stockholm convention on POPs

18 November 2004 12:13  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (CNI)--The European Union (EU) confirmed on Thursday that it has ratified the Stockholm convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

EU legislation already implements all of the provisions of the United Nations convention, which bans the use of some of the world's most toxic chemicals.

However, by becoming a party to the convention, the EU said it can push for its efficient implementation all over the world and for inclusion of additional substances to be banned globally.

By depositing its ratification instrument with the UN in New York, the EU will become a full party to the convention 90 days later.

The convention, which entered into force on 17 May, bans or severely restricts the use of 12 POPs - aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, mirex, toxaphene, polychlorinated biphenols (PCBs), hexachlorobenzene, dioxins and furans. A committee to evaluate other chemicals and pesticides that could be added to the initial target list is expected to be established when the first session of the conference of the parties to the convention meets next year in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

By: Neil Sinclair
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