- August 18, 2023
- China - MEEE
China Enforces Restrictions on Persistent Organic Pollutant Chemicals (POPs)
China implemented a prohibition on the manufacturing, utilization, as well as the import and export, of five Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP) chemicals. This regulation came into effect in June of 2023.
The announcement outlined the following:
- Prohibition of production, use, import, and export of hexachlorobutadiene, polychlorinated naphthalene, pentachlorophenol, and related compounds.
- Except for specific uses like flame-retardant textiles, plastic additives in certain appliances, and building insulation, the production, use, import, and export of decabromodiphenyl ether are prohibited, with exemptions ending on December 31, 2023.
- Short-chain chlorinated paraffins are banned, except for designated uses such as rubber industry additives, leather treatment, lubricating oils, decorative lamps, paints, adhesives, and more, with exemptions also ending on December 31, 2023.
- Entities emitting hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) and polychlorinated naphthalene (PCN) must reduce emissions or eliminate sources, while promoting alternative technologies to prevent their release.
An analysis from SGS is available here