CIDAHU, Indonesia — Thousands of children with crippling birth defects. Half a million people poisoned. A toxic chemical found in the food supply. Accusations of a government cover-up and police officers on the take.
This is the legacy of Indonesia’s mercury trade, a business intertwined with the lucrative and illegal production of gold.
IPEN, the International Pollutants Elimination Network, Two Decades of Reducing and Eliminating the Most Harmful Chemicals
(Gothenburg, Sweden) IPEN, the global environmental health network with over 550 public interest organizations in 122 countries, is changing its name as it kicks off the next twenty years of science, policy and advocacy work to forge a toxics-free future for all. IPEN now stands for International Pollutants Elimination Network.
Study Highlights Need for Comprehensive Lead Paint Regulations to Protect Children’s Health
International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action Observed in 40 Countries
(Gothenburg, Sweden) Children’s playgrounds in Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, and Thailand have been revealed to contain painted equipment with lead levels above 90 ppm, the recommended limit by UN Environment Program. Playgrounds containing dangerously high levels of lead exceeding 10,000 ppm were discovered in four of the countries studied. The concerning data was released during the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 20-26, 2019) spearheaded by the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint that is observing its 10th anniversary this year. Environmental health experts say the data underscores the ongoing need for strong lead paint bans that is inclusive not just of decorative paints, but all types of paint irrespective of use.
Quezon City, Philippines (October 24, 2019) – IPEN, an international non-profit leader on environmental health and chemical safety, announced today that paint products manufactured by Sycwin Coating & Wires, Inc. (Sycwin), a leading paint manufacturer from the Philippines, have been certified under the Lead Safe Paint® standard. Sycwin is the world’s first company to have its industrial paint brands certified lead-safe in conformity with the approaching phase-out period for industrial paints in the Philippines at the end of the year. The certification encompasses its entire portfolio of architectural paints, including PureCoat Premium, WeatherGard, Sycwin, PureCoat Advance, Minnesota, Delaware, Alabama, and Kansas, as well as industrial paint brands Guilder and Illinois – 10 brands and 590 products in all.
The second edition of IPEN's bi-annual Global Newsletter for 2019 focuses on pesticides. The newsletter opens with an excerpt from the Beyond 2020: Chemical safety and Agenda 2030 document by IPEN and Pesticide Action Network, published in January 2017, and includes highlights and stories from the field. All contributions were provided by the IPEN Regional Hubs and Participating Organizations, working together for a toxics-free future.
Please see the Newsletter below in various languages (العربية, English, 中文, español, русский, français):
Over 40 IPEN participating organizations (POs) from 36 countries are taking part in the seventh annual International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action on October 20 to 26. Together with the other partners of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, civil society groups will organize various activities to raise awareness and promote actions, such as the adoption and enforcement of laws banning lead paint, to address the human health effects of lead exposure, especially for children.
PFHXs, Used as a Substitute for Banned PFOS and PFOA, Recommended for Global Ban
(Rome, Italy) An U.N. expert committee decided unanimously to recommend a complete global elimination for another toxic fluorinated “forever chemical.” Fluorinated chemicals are widespread pollutants threatening drinking water sources, public health and the occupational health of firefighters. They do not break down in the environment and accumulate in the bodies of wildlife and people. They are used in a wide variety of products, including firefighting foam, waterproofing of textiles, and food packaging, as well as other industrial and consumer applications.