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EU ratifies convention on chemicals pollution

by EUbusiness.com

The EU today ratified the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), seen as the most important global effort to ban the use of toxic chemicals.

European Union legislation already implements all the provisions of the Convention, which bans pesticides (such as DDT), industrial chemicals (such as PCBs) and unintentional by-products of industrial processes (such as dioxin and furans). By becoming a Party to the Convention, the EU believes it can now push for its proper global implementation and for the banning of additional substances.

Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstroem welcomed ratification as an "important step to rid the world of the worst man-made substances". She added that the Commission had already prepared a list of substances for the next generation of phase-outs, and was waiting for the go-ahead from EU Member States to submit its list to the Convention.

The ratification does not change the way these substances are dealt with in the EU as EU law has already been aligned with the Convention. Regulation 850/2004, which entered into force 20 May 2004 bans the intentional production, marketing and use of the substances listed in the Convention so far.

However, so-called "unintentional releases" remain a problem. They include dioxin which can be produced through incomplete combustion, and PCBs - industrial chemicals - which can be released if PCB-containing equipment is not handled and disposed properly. These pollutants are subject to a specific ten-year strategy adopted in 2001 as well as other EU legislation.

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