Expansion on the cards for UN toxics protocol

Reviews of PBDE and PFOS agreed under long-range transboundary air pollution convention

Two new chemicals are to be considered for controls under a UN protocol on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), it was agreed in Geneva this week during the annual meeting of parties to the 1979 convention on long-range transboundary air pollution (CLRTAP).

One of those to be considered for addition is the flame retardant pentabromodiphenyl ether (PBDE). It has already been banned in the EU and this summer the European Commission listed it among six chemicals it wants to see added to the UN protocol control list (EED 16/08/04).

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