Requesting information to feed into draft Risk Profiles and draft Risk Management Evaluations for 3 chemical substances proposed as POPs to the UN’s POP Review Committee
The UK is a party to the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which are substances that persist in the environment, accumulate in living organisms and pose a risk to our health and the environment.
They can be transported by air, water or migratory species across international borders, reaching regions where they have never been produced or used.
The POPs Review Committee (POPRC) has requested additional information relating to the following:
- adverse effects resulting from the long-range transport of chlorpyrifos, to inform revisions to the draft Risk Profile for chlorpyrifos (Annex E of the Stockholm Convention)
- socio-economic considerations for long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids, their salts and related compounds, to assist the drafting of a Risk Management Evaluation (Annex F of the Stockholm Convention)
- socio-economic considerations for chlorinated paraffins with carbon chain lengths in the range C14 to17 and with chlorination levels at or exceeding 45 percent chlorine by weight, to assist the drafting of a Risk Management Evaluation (Annex F of the Stockholm Convention)
This information will help determine the need for any specific exemptions and acceptable purposes. These substances have been proposed for listing as POPs under the Stockholm Convention.