Swedes seize the initiative on PFOS

Sweden is to ban the persistent perfluorinated compound PFOS and related substances, with the aim of "speeding up" similar measures throughout the EU, environment minister Lena Sommestad announced on Tuesday. The government will also propose this week that PFOS be added to the "dirty dozen" list of chemicals under the UN Stockholm convention on persistent organic pollutants (Pops), the ministry said in a statement. With the UK, Sweden's Nordic neighbours Norway and Denmark have also been active in promoting national and EU-wide crack-downs (EED 3/12/04). See press release.

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