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China to Tighten New Pollutants Management, Industries Facing Challenges on Source Control over Toxic and Hazardous Chemical Substances

China MEE issues a draft action plan on new pollutants treatment. It outlines the first batch of new pollutants for priority management, including 28 substances of which each is provided with its own management measures. · By 2022, the assessment plan for the first batch of priority chemical substances should be published. It will be updated dynamically and as planned the MEE will complete environmental risk assessment of 5-10 chemical substances per year. · By 2023, the standard on limits of short chain chlorinated paraffins in chlorinated paraffin products should be formulated. · By 2025, technical guidelines on data quality assessment, risk characterization, construction of emission scenarios, socio-economic impact assessment, etc. as well as a manual for environmental exposure parameters should be issued and the methods for toxicity tests should be revised.

On October 11, 2021, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) published a notice[1] to seek public feedback on the draft Action Plan for New Pollutants Treatment (hereinafter referred to as the draft Plan). The draft Plan outlines the general requirements, goals and six major measures for new pollutants treatment, as well as the first batch of new pollutants for priority management in the annex. The consultation will end on October 22, 2021.

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