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48 New Containers Came from Same Exporter as Canada Refuses to Prosecute

13 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland - International environmental organisations brought their protest against Canada for their refusal to take back the 50 shipment containers filled with household waste dumped in the Philippines almost two years ago, raised the matter at a high-level meeting of the Basel Convention and marched from that meeting to the Permanent Mission of Canada, in Geneva, Switzerland. 

IPEN Executive Committee Member Professor Jamidu Katima and IPEN Steering Committee Member Jindrich Petrlik are quoted in this story from the Daily News: http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/local-news/44892-africa-opposes-eu-s-waste-dumping-move 

Published on Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:43

Written by DAILY NEWS Reporter

http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=1&sid=&nid=1&rid=760280

MANILA, May 9 (PNA) -- The EcoWaste Coalition, an advocate for environmental justice, chemical safety and zero waste, on Saturday conveyed its apprehension over the European Union’s proposal to recycle products laden with toxic flame retardants.

For immediate release / Para ser difundido de inmediato

Geneva, 8 May 2015: The EU has pushed dangerous cleanup standards for three toxic flame retardant chemicals widely used in building insulation, upholstery and electronics (HBCD, PentaBDE, and OctaBDE) at a UN meeting of chemicals treaties in Geneva, Switzerland. All three toxic chemicals are listed in the Stockholm Convention for global elimination. They are ubiquitous in the environment globally and can disrupt human hormone systems, creating potential adverse effects on the development of the nervous system and children’s IQ. 

IPEN organized a successful side event during the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions' Conference of the Parties: "Waste & Synergies between Basel and Stockholm Conventions: Understanding the Links and Implications" Alan Watson (Public Interest Consultants and IPEN), Jindrich Petrlik (Arnika Toxics and Waste Programme and IPEN's Dioxin, PCBs and Waste Working Group), and Jim Puckett (Basel Action Network) made presentations.

A new survey found toxic flame retardant chemicals from electronic waste are recycled into plastic children’s toys for sale in the European Union. Measurements of 21 toys purchased in six EU countries found that 43% of them contained significant levels of OctaBDE and/or DecaBDE. OctaBDE is listed in the Stockholm Convention for global elimination.

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