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NEWS RELEASE 5/2/2017: UN Chemicals Convention Decisions Perpetuate Environmental Violence Against Indigenous Peoples with Disregard for Fundamental Human Rights
Vi Waghiyi, Alaska Community Action on Toxics: +1 907.222.7714
Rochelle Diver, International Indian Treaty Council: +1 415.641.4482
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2017 (Geneva) – At the Stockholm Convention 8th Conference of the Parties (COP8), governments bowed to corporate influences in the listing decisions concerning two toxic chemicals under provisions of the treaty. Although delegates agreed to list the chemicals for global elimination, the decisions allow exemptions that extend industrial uses far into the future.
The chemicals are DecaBDE, a flame retardant commonly found in electronic waste,
NEWS RELEASE 5/1/2017: At UN meeting, governments grant unprecedented continued use of toxic chemicals found in children’s toys
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Dr. Mariann Lloyd-Smith [email protected]
Geneva, 1 May 2017 – Today at the Stockholm Convention 8th Conference of the Parties (COP8), governments rushed thru decisions to list two toxic chemicals, but provided extraordinary loopholes that permit all uses of them. The chemicals are DecaBDE, a flame retardant commonly found in electronic waste, and SCCPs, an industrial chemical used in metal working and as a flame retardant in plastics.
Both chemicals are persistent, highly toxic, travel long distances and build up in
ACAT delegation in Geneva seeking worldwide ban of three industrial chemicals that are harming the Arctic and its people
First up are Short-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs), which are probable human carcinogens, disrupt the endocrine system, and cause kidney, liver, and thyroid damage
Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) are widely used industrial chemicals used primarily in metalworking. They are used as plasticizers and flame retardants in consumer products, especially in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, adhesives, and paints.
No other persistent organic pollutant has been produced in quantities as large as SCCPs. And their production and
Toys from Anchorage stores were tested and found to be contain toxic contaminants
ACAT was part of a new global survey that found recycling plastics containing toxic flame retardant chemicals found in electronic waste results in contamination of the world’s best-selling toy along with other children’s products. Ironically, the chemical contaminants can damage the nervous system and reduce intellectual capacity but are found in Rubik’s Cubes – a puzzle toy designed to exercise the mind.
Presentation: Indigenous Women, Human Rights and Environmental Toxics: Amplifying Our Voices in the World Arena
In preparation for the upcoming 8th Conference of the Parties of the UN Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
TODAY: Monday, April 17 11 am (Alaska time), 12 noon (Pacific time), 1 pm (Mountain time), 2 pm (Central time), 3 pm (Eastern time)
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