China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) is consulting until 22 October on a draft action plan for new pollutants, which promises new regulations, guidelines, restrictions and bans on ‘priority’ chemicals by 2025. The move is expected to impact multiple industries.
The plan, published on 11 October, identifies 28 substances or substance groups as ‘new pollutants’, defined as those that are caused by human activities, have a clear presence in the environment and endanger human health and the environment. However, because of their relatively short history of production and use – or because their hazards have been discovered at a later stage – there are no laws, regulations or standards in China to manage them.
~sChemical Watch, 13 October 2021