Study recommends new limits for POPs in waste

An interim consultancy study published by the European Commission's environment department has recommended concentration limits for three types of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in waste: PBDE, PFOS and PeCB.

These POPs were added to a UN list of substances prohibited under the Stockholm Convention in 2009. EU rules on POPs were amended this year to implement the international agreement. Concentration limits for candidate POPs likely to be banned under the convention will be assessed at a later stage.

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