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A Toxics-Free Future

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Anchorage, AK, USA; Toronto, ON, Canada; Texcoco, State of Mexico, Mexico:

Today, health, human rights, environmental justice, and conservation organizations across North America are calling on the governments of Mexico, Canada, and the United States to join them in opposition to the continued use of pentachlorophenol (PCP). Coalitions in each of the three countries are sending letters in advance of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in May 2015 demanding support for a global ban on PCP, as well as two additional substances (chlorinated naphthalenes & Hexachlorobutadiene) recommended for global elimination by a UN expert committee (aka POPs Review Committee).

The Stockholm Convention established a science-based process for new persistent organic pollutants (POPs) under the Stockholm Convention. The Convention recognizes that a lack of full scientific certainty should not prevent a candidate substance from proceeding in the evaluation or listing and clearly mandates Parties to decide on listing “in a precautionary manner.” This new Guide (English /русский /español / français / العربية) highlights three new candidates for listing in the Convention in 2015 - pentachlorophenol, hexachlorobutadiene, and chlorinated naphthalenes - and provides the POPs Review Committee's recommendation for which annex the POPs should be listed under in the Convention, the chemicals' uses, alternatives, adverse effects, and more. 

IPEN´s Dioxin Working Group, together with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), has sent an open letter to the European Union to oppose European Commission-funded construction of medical waste incinerators in the Pacific region. The letter is based on the analysis of the Pacific Hazardous Waste Management Project (Pac Waste) by IPENer Pawel Gluszynski in Poland. 

Agrees that DecaBDE flame retardant is one of the world’s worst chemicals

(Rome) Press release in English and Français: A UN expert committee recommended the global elimination of pentachlorophenol – a pesticide used for wood treatment including utility poles. In its recommendation for the Stockholm Convention, the Committee cited pentachlorophenol’s persistence, bioaccumulation, long-range transport, and its toxic impacts. The Committee found wide availability of non-chemical alternatives that were much safer than pentachlorophenol. Governments around the world will decide on the recommendation in May 2015, but typically accept the recommendations of its expert committees.

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