New North Sea treaty signed after radioactive waste bust-up

A new Convention on the protection of the North Sea and north-east Atlantic was signed by 13 countries in Paris on 22 September after a row provoked by the UK's demand that it should be allowed the option of dumping radioactive waste at sea. Environmentalists were pleased to have secured a commitment to curb discharges of organohalogens in an accompanying action plan. Ministers also adopted a dozen new rules, most of which will apply best available technology to control releases from specific industrial sectors - and some which have displeased the UK's chemical, pharmaceutical and metal finishing industries.

The new Paris Convention will replace the 1972 Oslo Convention on waste dumping at sea and the 1974 Paris Convention on pollution of the North Sea and adjacent areas from land-based sources. Details of the new treaty, which went through unamended but for one article, as well as the action plan were given last month (ENDS Report 211, pp 34-36 

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