The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) aims to protect human health and the environment from the effects of these pollutants. It sets out a range of control measures to reduce and, where feasible, eliminate POPS releases, including emissions of its by-products.
It also aims to ensure sound management of stockpiles and waste that contain them, focusing on intentionally produced and used POPS, those unintentionally produced or as by-product, and POPs in stockpiles and waste.
NICNAS provided technical input to positions taken by Australia to the third meeting of the POPs Review Committee.
Industrial chemicals being discussed by the committee are short-chain chlorinated paraffi ns, hexabromobiphenyl, pentabromodiphenyl ether, perfl uorooctane sulfonate and octabromodiphenyl ether.