The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) has adopted its final opinion supporting the proposal for restricting eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in granules and mulches used, for example, in synthetic turf pitches and playgrounds.
The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) represents one of the most relevant pieces of legislation for industrial sectors; regulating the core activity, the permit process, best available techniques and binding associated emission levels.
Since 1990, emissions of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) decreased in the EEA-33 countries, e.g. hexachlorobenzene (HCB) decreased by 95 %, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by 75 %, dioxins and furans by around 70 % and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) by 83 %.
Under the revised POPs Regulation, ECHA has new tasks to support controlling some of the most hazardous pollutants. The aim is to protect our health and the environment from the effects of these toxic chemicals.
Update: the voting results have been made available.
Today, the EU has toughened the rules applicable to persistent organic pollutants, the UN-agreed list of dangerous substances. The regulation adopted by the Council today ensures that people and the environment are better protected against these chemicals.
Shifts in globalisation, new transport routes, demography and use of natural resources will all play a role in the changing landscape of the Earth’s polar regions amid global warming. An EU-funded project seeks to track their impact to help inform EU policy.