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CHEMICALS : PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANT CONCENTRATIONS TO BE UPDATED.

The waste-related provisions in EU legislation relating to the concentration of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are to be updated. Two proposals for Regulations to this effect were recently presented by the European Commission. The aim is to make amendments to Annexes IV (COM(2006)242) and V (COM(2006)252) of Directive 79/117/EEC on waste matter and Regulation 850/2004 on POPs. The new annexes give details of the maximum permitted concentration for each waste type.

The new clauses were originally proposed in January 2006, in the form of a Commission Decision, to the Committee for the Adaptation to Scientific and Technical Progress of EC waste legislation but did not receive the necessary qualified majority. The Committee was therefore unable to return a favourable opinion which means that the Commission is forced to submit the proposal to the Council of Ministers which will then have three months to decide. Failing a decision by the Council, the Commission will have the authority to decide on the proposed measures itself.

Persistent organic pollutants, better known as POPs, are bioaccumulative and toxic chemical substances with detrimental effects on human health and athe environment.

They are subjected to strict controls under the Stockholm Convention which forbids or limits the production, use and marketing of twelve POPs: DDT, aldrin, dieldrin, endrin, chlordane, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex, toxaphene, polychlorinated biphenyls, dioxins, and furans was transposed into European Community law by Regulation 850/2004EC.

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