International treaty on the way for persistent organic pollutants
More than 100 countries have agreed to draw up an international treaty to reduce or eliminate emissions of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) because of their contribution to marine pollution. At a meeting in Washington, they also agreed on the first 12 chemicals for action. Greenpeace says that the treaty will put phase-outs of substances, including chlorine, on the agenda. The chemical industry says it regards the development as "serious" and will track the definition of POPs closely.