Feedback sought on new Stockholm Convention persistent organic pollutants

Submissions on a proposed ban on new persistent organic pollutants, and new requirements for the export of specific hazardous substances, closed on 31 March 2020.

In 2019, two new chemicals that are persistent organic pollutants were added to the Stockholm Conventions. To implement the changes to the Conventions into New Zealand law, they now need to be added to the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO Act).

The new listings are:

  • Dicofol, an organochlorine pesticide, that was used to control mites on fruit, vegetables, ornamentals, field crops, cotton, tea, and Christmas tree plantations (Convention Decision SC-9/11).
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds that were used in a wide variety of applications and consumer products across many sectors, including fire-fighting foams and textiles (Convention Decision SC-9/12).

We will be reporting to the Minister for the Environment on this consultation later in April or early May 2020.

Find out more about the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants - United Nations Environment Programme website