Posts Tagged ‘POPs’

At the Crossroads for Global Chemical Safety

September 12, 2012 Leave a comment

By Baskut Tuncak

Baskut Tuncak, Staff Attorney

Next week, negotiators from over 150 countries and other stakeholders will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the future of global chemicals management.  These critical negotiations come at decisive juncture for the Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management (SAICM), with only eight years left on its ambitious mandate to ensure sound chemicals management—eight years in which developing regions face rapidly increasing risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals.  A recent report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Chemicals Outlook (GCO), highlights the global nature of the chemicals industry and chemical safety.  The GCO highlights three factors responsible for increasing the vulnerability of people living in developing economies to chemical exposure. Read more…


U.S. Senate Committee Sends a Global Message on Eliminating Toxic Chemicals

September 11, 2012 Leave a comment

By Baskut Tuncak, originally posted on August 1, 2012

Senators Lautenberg and Durbin, pushing to fix a broken chemical law

Senators Lautenberg and Durbin, pushing to fix a broken chemical law

For the first time in 36 years, the U.S. Congress took a significant step towards fixing the ineffective law that primarily governs the use of toxic chemicals in America’s workplaces, homes, schools, and almost every other facet of our everyday lives.  This is a monumental step, not just for the U.S., but for public health around the globe. Read more…

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Global negotiation on chemicals offer hope for developing countries…and the world

November 4, 2011 1 comment

By David Azoulay

David Azoulay, Senior Attorney

Hundreds of government delegates will join representatives of intergovernmental organizations, health and environmental advocates, as well as business groups in Belgrade, Serbia November 15-18 to improve the management of toxic chemicals. The Belgrade meeting, known as an Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), sets the stage for the Third International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3) in September 2013.

Both events are part of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), a broad global agreement to improve policies and practices. Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary Read more…

2011 Senate TSCA bill would enable U.S. leadership on global POPs treaty

June 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Parties (green) and Non-Parties (yellow) to the Stockholm Convention (Russia is a Party, as of June 27, 2011)

Proposed federal legislation to revamp the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) could pave the way for the United States to join three important international treaties, according to a new CIEL publication.   “U.S. Law and the Stockholm POPs Convention:  Analysis of treaty-implementing provisions in pending legislation,” reviews the Safe Chemicals Act (S. 847), a bill introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg in April of 2011 and its relation to international obligations under these international agreements. Read more…

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Global summit on toxic chemicals moves forward

By the CIEL Chemicals Team

Geneva  –  April 29, 2011.  Over 160 countries reached agreement to phase out endosulfan, a dangerous pesticide still used around the world.  The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants lists 21 other chemicals that are toxic, long-lasting, and prone to accumulate in the food chain and in people.

The decision was strongly resisted by India, which is one of a small number of countries still producing endosulfan.  In the end, consensus was achieved by granting a renewable, five-year exemption for use on specific pests and crops.  In addition, developed countries agreed to provide technical and financial assistance specifically for the transition from endosulfan to safer alternatives.

On another contentious issue, Read more…

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The Global POPs Treaty at Ten

April 22, 2011 1 comment

By the CIEL Chemicals Team

Over the past ten years, CIEL has helped to shape the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).  From April 25-29, 2011, our Chemicals Team is in Geneva for the Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP5).  The Stockholm Convention, a global accord ratified by over 170 countries, places international limits on chemicals like DDT, dioxins, brominated flame retardants, and other chemicals that are toxic, accumulate in living organisms, last for years and can travel long distances through wind, water and other media.

The Parties to the Stockholm Convention are gearing up for a week of intense negotiations.  Here’s a brief line-up of key issues that CIEL will be following—

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A Bipartisan Crossroads on Global Toxics?

January 7, 2011 3 comments

By Daryl Ditz

Last month, the feisty lame duck Congress heeded a bipartisan chorus of advice, from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton, in voting to ratify a new nuclear weapons treaty to reduce the risks of dangerous materials falling into the wrong hands. Could the new Congress find bipartisan agreement to ratify a global treaty to reduce the risks of the “worst of the worst” toxic chemicals?

The answer hinges on whether Congress can decide how to upgrade the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a law so weak and toothless it leaves the United States sidelined in the international chemicals arena. The nub of the issue is that under TSCA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is nearly powerless to regulate dangerous chemicals, even when the rest of the world has taken action. To ratify the POPs treaty, we have to strengthen this obsolete law.

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