China Prohibits Certain POP Chemicals
China has announced the prohibition of four persistent organic pollutant (POP) chemicals. This became effective on March 26, 2019.
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China has released a notice to officially ban four POPs.
In May 2001, China signed the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutant chemicals (POP chemicals), a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from chemicals that persist in the environment. This was ratified in August 2004.
In March 2019, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China published Notice No. 10 of 2019  to prohibit the production, sale, use, import and export of certain POP chemicals. This announcement prohibits, among other things:
The production, sale, use, import and export of lindane and endosulfan
The production, sale, use, import and export of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and its salts, and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOS-F)
According to the announcement, the following applications involving PFOS and its salts, and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride, are exempt from the prohibition:
Aviation hydraulic fluids
Etching agents for compound semiconductors and ceramic filters
Metal plating (hard metal plating) for closed-loop systems only
Certain medical equipment (such as ethylene tetrafluoroethylene copolymer (ETFE) layers and radio-opaque ETFE production, in vitro diagnostic medical equipment and CCD color filters)
Photoresist and anti-reflective coatings for semiconductor devices
These prohibitions became effective on March 26, 2019.
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