European Parliament votes in favour of lowering POPs in waste


The European Parliament has voted in favour of lower thresholds for certain persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in waste than those proposed by the European Commission under the EU’s POPs Regulation.

Parliament voted 506 in favour – with 68 against and 49 abstentions – of threshold levels of:

  • 200 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) for polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs); and
  • mg/kg for PFOA and its salts and 20 mg/kg for PFOA-related compounds.

The Commission’s proposal, published last November, set thresholds of:

  • 500 mg/kg threshold for PBDEs that would be lowered to 200mg/kg five years later. The current limit is 1,000 mg/kg; and
  • 1mg/kg for PFOA, 40mg/kg 0.1 mg/kg for PFOA and its salts, and 20 mg/kg for PFOA-related compounds.

The Parliament said in a statement that this would better align the POPs Regulation with the EU’s Green Deal goals, “especially the ambition for a toxic-free environment and a truly circular economy”.

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Chemical Watch, 5-05-22