Finland outlaws POPs ahead of EU schedule

Finland has introduced new legislation banning the production, import and export of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) or any goods treated with them, except if used under laboratory conditions for research purposes. The decree, which takes effect in September, gives Finland a lead in the implementation of a global convention on POPs signed last year in Stockholm (EED 22/05/01). Ratification by 50 signatories is needed before the convention can come into force. Sixteen have completed the process so far, including four EU countries. The EU's deadline for implementation is 2004. See press release.

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