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Chemicals in Waste Will Continue to Pose Health and Environmental Threats Under New EU Rules

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June 23, PRAGUE - Earlier this week, the European Council and Parliament reached an agreement on new limits on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in wastes, but unfortunately, the compromise approach will not substantively change current practices that put public health and the environment at risk. For example, for PBDEs, highly toxic chemicals used as flame retardants that are often found in recycled plastics, the limit under the new EU proposal is ten times higher than the limit proposed by the African region at recent global chemical treaty negotiations.



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