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List: Persistent Organic Pollutants (United Nations)
Description
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) was adopted in 2001 in response to the urgent need for global action to protect human health and the environment from chemicals that are highly toxic, persistent, bioaccumulate and move long distance in the environment. The Convention seeks the elimination or restriction of production and use of all intentionally produced POPs (i.e., industrial chemicals and pesticides). It also seeks the continuing minimization and, where feasible, ultimate elimination of the releases unintentionally produced POPs such as dioxins and furans. Stockpiles must be managed and disposed of in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound manner. The Convention imposes certain trade restrictions. It also includes a mechanism for expanding its list of POPs to new problem chemicals.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) first compiled the list of POPs covered by the Stockholm Convention to study in 1995 via an investigation of the long-range transport of pollutants to regions where they had never been used or produced. The list was taken from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's short-list of POPs, adopted at the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution in 1979.

Reference
United Nations Environment Program. Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. Annex A, B and C.
http://www.pops.int/documents/convtext/convtext_en.pdf

L. Ritter, K.R. Solomon, J. Forget, M. Stemeroff and C.O'Leary Deloitte and Touche Consulting Group. POPs: An Assessment Report. United Nations Environment Programme, 1995.
http://irptc.unep.ch/pops/indxhtms/asses0.html

 
List of Chemicals
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Chemical Name CAS Registry Number (or EDF Substance ID)
ALDRIN309-00-2
CAMPHECHLOR8001-35-2
CHLORDANE57-74-9
DDT50-29-3
DIBENZOFURANS (CHLORINATED)1080
DIELDRIN60-57-1
ENDRIN72-20-8
HEPTACHLOR76-44-8
HEXACHLOROBENZENE118-74-1
MIREX2385-85-5
POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS1336-36-3
POLYCHLORINATED DIBENZO-P-DIOXINSPCDD

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