Consultation on Stockholm persistent organic pollutants and Rotterdam chemicals

New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is consulting on proposals to add new persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to Schedule 2A of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO Act) 1996. The consultation also covers changes to the Schedules of the Imports and Exports (Restrictions) Prohibition Order (No 2) 2004 to include the new POPs and chemicals added to the Rotterdam Convention. New Zealand is a party to two United Nations agreements: The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (Stockholm Convention) and the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (Rotterdam Convention). The parties to both conventions meet every two years and may decide to add new chemicals to those subject to the conventions. A number of chemicals recently added to both conventions have not yet been included in New Zealand’s domestic law. To ensure New Zealand complies with its international obligations, the amendments are required to the relevant New Zealand law. Further information is available at on the consultation page.

NZ EPA Hazardous Substances Bulletin, 29 September 2016 ;http://www.epa.govt.nz ;