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MEE Collects Information on the Production, Use and Substitution of 3 Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

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The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) will convene the 18th meeting of the Stockholm Convention to review Dechlorane Plus and Ultraviolet Absorbers (UV-328) in September 2022. Moreover, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention will be held to review the amendment to list methoxychlor in Annex A in May 2023.

To have a thorough understanding of these 3 POPs, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) collects information publicly on their production, use, import and export, substitution and substitution technology in China.

Relevant information shall be sent to the MEE Department of Solid Wastes and Chemicals in writing (E-mail shall be sent to the given email address) before August 20, 2022.

Contact: Teng Xiaoming, Tian Yajing from the MEE Department of Solid Wastes and Chemicals

Address: No.12 East Chang’an Avenue, Dongcheng District of Beijing

Postcode: 100006

Tel: (010) 65645761, 65645790

Fax: (010) 65645781

Here is the information on these 3 substances:

  • DechloranePlus: A chlorine flame retardant, which was listed in the SVHC list due to its very Persistent and very Bio-accumulative (vPvB) property in 2018. It is widely used as a flame retardant in adhesives, sealants, polymers and electronic appliances
  • Ultraviolet Absorbers (UV-328): 2-(2'-Hydroxy-3',5'-dipentylphenyl) benzotriazole, mainly used as an ultraviolet absorber
  • Methoxychlor: An organochlorine insecticide.

Introduction to the Stockholm Convention

POPs may cause an adverse influence on human health or the ecological environment since they have the potential for persistence, bioaccumulation and long-distance environmental migration. To protect human health and the ecological environment from the hazards of POPs, the international community promulgated the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (known as the “Stockholm Convention”) in 2001, which entered into force for China on November 11, 2004.

The Stockholm Convention listed the first batch of POPs with 12 types in Annex A (Elimination), Annex B (Restriction) and Annex C (Unintentional Production) with requirements on phase-out, restriction or emission regulation. Moreover, chemical substances shall be listed in the Stockholm Convention when they are under review by the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee and the Conference of the Parties. Chemical substances that are listed in the Stockholm Convention have been increased to 30 types up to now.

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