Restrictions on trade in hazardous chemicals expand

A ministerial conference in Geneva has agreed to add 14 hazardous compounds to a "watch list" under a United Nations agreement on international trade in hazardous chemicals, known as the Rotterdam Convention. Prior informed consent (PIC) will now be required from countries importing substances such as tetraethyl lead, various forms of asbestos, toxaphene and pesticide formulations containing benomyl, carbofuran and parathion.

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