Considering the addition of nine chemicals to the Stockholm Convention
As a party to the Stockholm Convention, Australia accepted obligations relating to the twelve initial Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP) chemicals when it ratified the Convention. At its next meeting in May 2009, the Stockholm Conference of Parties (COP) will consider the recommendations of the Persistent Organic Pollutant Review Committee (POPRC) for the listing of nine additional chemicals in the Convention. The Australian Government will need to decide if it can support the listing of the nine additional chemicals in the Convention.
POPs are chemicals that are toxic, persist in the environment, accumulate in the food chain and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment even at low concentrations. The Australian Government is committed to protecting people and the environment from potential hazards associated with POPs and as such the inclusion of these nine additional chemicals will demonstrate Australia's commitment to an effective and balanced approach to an environmental problem of concern to all countries.
Regulation Impact Statement
The Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) that has been drafted explores the associated costs and benefits to Australia of listing these nine additional chemicals on the Convention.
- Download PDF - RIS for the consideration of the addition of nine chemicals to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
- Download RTF - RIS for the consideration of the addition of nine chemicals to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
As part of the consultation process stakeholders have been identified and contacted to comment on the development of the RIS up to this point. A RIS has been drafted and the department is now seeking public comment on this document.
This public consultation period will run until close of business Friday 6th March 2009.
Questions and comments should be directed to:
Lee Eeles or Fiona Marsh
Chemical Partnerships Section
Environment Protection Branch
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6274 1403
Fax: 02 6274 1164
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