Implementing International Agreements on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs): Proposed Amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act [March 28, 2006]   [open pdf - 150KB]

From the Summary: "Between 1998 and 2001, the United States signed two international treaties and one executive agreement to reduce production and use, and regulate trade and disposal, of certain 'persistent organic pollutants' (POPs) and other chemicals that (for the most part) are strictly regulated in U.S. commerce. POPs are chemicals like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the pesticide DDT [dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane] that do not break down easily in the environment, tend to accumulate as they move up the food chain, and may be harmful to people and wildlife. The President signed and has submitted the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent to the Senate for advice and consent. If the Senate consents by a two-thirds majority, and the Congress passes legislation that is needed to implement the two treaties (as well as the executive agreement, the POPs Protocol to the Aarhus Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution), then the treaties can be ratified and the agreements would take effect domestically. […] H.R. 4800 would provide clear authority to regulate in accord with amendments to the international agreements and prescribe chemical regulations that protect against 'significant adverse human health and environmental effects.' Key bill provisions are summarized in 'Table 1.' This report will be updated as warranted by legislative action and interest."

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