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EU pushes for tougher chemical laws

Monday 09 May 2005

chemicalsThe European Union has called on the international community to do more to phase out Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS), at a recent high level conference.

"The EU welcomes and supports the nomination by Norway of the flame retardant pentabromodiphenyl ether and the plan by Mexico to nominate hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), including the pesticide lindane. Both of these are already severely restricted in the EU because of the danger they pose to people and the environment. The EU is nominating two further candidates - the pesticide chlordecone and the brominated flame retardant hexabromobiphenyl,” said Colin Church, Head of the UK Delegation and acting President of the EU Delegation to the first Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Uruguay.

"Our prime aim is to ensure that this meeting takes the decisions necessary for effective implementation and further development of the Stockholm Convention. In doing this, we have been seeking to work closely with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, to take their particular concerns into account,” he added.

The EU is also encouraging the active participation of NGOs in the development of more stringent regulations on the issue. Various influential groups have expressed concerns over the Convention’s objectives.

"We too recognise that much work remains to be done, but the way forward we propose is both pragmatic and sensible and provides developed and developing countries with a sound platform from which to progress,” said Jill Hanna, Head of the European Community Delegation.




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