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Chemicals and Waste Conventions Agree to Eliminate Two Chemical Groups and Address Plastic Waste

May 14, 2019 / Lynn Wagner

The 2019 joint Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions achieved several notable outcomes, including: the establishment of a compliance mechanism under the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade; the listing for elimination of dicofol and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts, and PFOA-related compounds under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs); and the adoption of an amendment to address certain plastic wastes under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary of the “Triple COPs” notes that the decision to address plastic wastes “was welcomed with raucous cheers, as delegates celebrated the global agreement to take action on this pressing and complicated issue.”