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EU to propose dicofol for POPs list

The European Commission is seeking member-state support to propose that the organochlorine acaricide, dicofol, be listed in the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Dicofol has already been phased out in the EU, but the Commission notes that the potential for long-range environmental transport means that regional action alone is not sufficient to protect the environment and health. It also points out that the active ingredient is a potential alternative to the organochlorine insecticide/acaricide, endosulfan, which came under a POPs ban in 2011 ( Agrow No 615, p 25). In 2008, the EU nominated dicofol for listing in the Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution on POPs, and has also requested its addition to the prior informed consent list under the Rotterdam Convention ( Agrow No 637, p 17).

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