Policy / Systems / Technology

October 16, 2002


Japan Becomes Party to POPs Treaty

Keywords: Chemicals Government Policy / Systems 

The Japanese Cabinet endorsed the ratification of "Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants" (POPs Treaty) on August 30, 2002, and the instrument of accession was deposited with the UN Secretary-General on the same day.

The objective of this convention is to prevent pollution of the global environmental by 12 highly persistent organic pollutants (POPs). It provides for prohibition or restriction of their production and use, reduction of releases from unintentionally-produced substances, appropriate management and disposal of stockpiles and wastes, and formulation of national implementation plans.
The date of entry into force has not yet been decided because ratifications by 50 countries are necessary for it to take effect. (Sixteen countries had already signed as of August 6).

As a domestic measure related to this POPs Treaty, the Cabinet decided on August 30 to designate toxaphene and mirex as Class 1 Specified Chemical Substances, by amending the enforcement ordinance of the Law Concerning the Examination and Regulation of Manufacture, etc. of Chemical Substances (Chemical Substances Control Law).

Posted: 2002/10/16 03:16:37 AM
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