Additional persistent organic pollutants to come under UN ban

12 August 2010 16:34  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Nine additional chemicals will be added to a list of 12 substances banned under the UN’s Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the Switzerland-based secretariat of the convention said on Thursday.

The ban on the additional substances comes into effect on 26 August and applies to 152 countries, the secretariat said.

The substances are: alpha hexachlorocyclohexane; beta hexachlorocyclohexane; chlordecone; hexabromobiphenyl; hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether (commercial octabromodiphenyl ether); lindane; pentachlorobenzene; perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts and perfluorooactane sulfonyl fluoride; and tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether (commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether).

Several of the substances were widely used around the world. Parties to the convention would thus have to take action to control their production and use as well as reduce or eliminate their release into the environment, the secretariat said.

The move marks the first time since the adoption of the convention in 2001 that new substances have been added to the list.

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