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EU ratifies Stockholm convention on POPs

The European Commission on behalf of the EU has ratified the Stockholm Convention, giving it new powers to push for the abolition of toxic chemicals. EU law already bans the 'dirty dozen' persistent organic pollutants (POPs) outlawed by the 2001 international agreement, but becoming a party to Stockholm means it can ask for further phase-outs. The Commission this summer suggested adding another nine substances to the list (EED 16/08/04). EU governments have yet to decide whether or not this proposal should be submitted to the convention. See press release and Stockholm convention.

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