DEFRA plans limited intervention into persistent organic pollutants

Falling emissions mean that the government intends to undertake little action on persistent organic pollutants beyond monitoring and assessment, an action plan reveals

An orca stranded on a North Sea beach
Stranded orcas are often found to have elevated concentrations of organic pollutants, which may be implicated in their deaths. Photograph: kalev kevad/Wikimedia Commons

Emissions of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are continuing to fall, with few exceptions, according to a government report.

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