UN experts to continue work defining PFOA curbs

UN experts have recommended restricting the use of the toxic chemical PFOA, but they agreed to continue work on defining potential exemptions for specific applications

UN experts have recommended restricting the use of the toxic chemical PFOA, but they agreed to continue work on defining potential exemptions for specific applications.

The expert panel of the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POP), which met in Rome 17-20 October, recommended phasing out several uses of the chemical used in the production of coatings such as Teflon within five years.

But it delayed until September 2018 a decision on several industry requests for exemptions including medical devices, photo imaging paper and high quantity use fire-fighting foams.

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