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China Seeks Information Concerning Three Persistent Organic Pollutants

Relevant information is welcome before August 20, 2022.

On July 20, 2022, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) issued a circular to solicit information concerning three persistent organic pollutants (POPs), i.e., Dechlorane Plus, UV-328, and methoxychlor. Information needed includes the manufacture, use, import, export of these three POPs within the territory of China, as well as their possible alternatives or alternative techniques. Stakeholders are welcome to provide the MEE with relevant information before August 20, 2022.

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (hereinafter referred to as the Convention) is an international environmental treaty signed on May 22, 2001, which adopted on November 11, 2004 in China. Initially, the Convention targeted on 12 key POPs, which were listed in Annex A (Elimination), Annex B (Restriction), and Annex C (Unintentional production). Later, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention, by its decisions, amended Annexes A, B and C of the Convention to include additional POPs that have passed the review for inclusion. So far, there are 30 POPs listed in the Annexes to the Convention.

Previously, at the 17th meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC) held in January 2022, the POPRC adopted:

  • the risk profiles for Dechlorane Plus and UV-328 (moving the chemicals to the next review stage requiring risk management evaluations);

  • the risk management evaluation on methoxychlor (recommending the COP to list the chemical Annex A of the Convention).

At the 18th meeting of the POPs Review Committee to be held in September 2022, the review on the risk management evaluations of Dechlorane Plus and UV-328 will be carried out. In addition, the COP to the Convention will consider listing methoxychlor in Annex A of the Convention without specific exemptions at the 11th meeting of the COP in 2023.

To have a comprehensive understanding of the three aforementioned POPs and to take better control measures in China, China’s MEE initiates this information solicitation. Related individuals or entities can submit relevant information in written form or via e-mail (chem@mee.gov.cn) to the MEE before the deadline.

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