ENVI Committee votes on Persistent Organic Pollutants

A vote on the persistent organic pollutants (POP) draft report proposed by rapporteur Martin Hojsik by the ENVI Committee could bring about stricter restrictions on POPs.

The vote follows the national environment ministers’ endorsement of the Council’s call for a regulation further restricting POPs in waste. This will be introduced as an amendment to the existing POP legislation. The regulation aims to boost progress towards a more sustainable, circular economy by ensuring the quality and reusability of secondary materials. In addition, the reduction of these pollutants will help protect public health and the environment.

Restrictions will be mainly focused on the limit values for dioxins and furans (PCDDs/PCDFs), which are not intentionally produced, rather, are present as an impurity in certain ashes. The concentration limit for for dioxins and furans will be set to a maximum of 10 μg/kg.

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