Canada, Mexico and the United States will be among more than 100 nations to sign a historic environmental treaty today in Stockholm that will phase out use of a dozen of the most dangerous toxic chemicals on the planet. This historic agreement will deliver a healthier world for people and wildlife, from the arctic regions of Alaska and the Canadian north, to the tropical climes of Mexico—and around the world.
The Stockholm POPs (persistent organic pollutants) treaty sets out measures that will control the production, trade, use and disposal of eight pesticides, two industrial chemicals and two unwanted industrial byproducts. Governments agree to apply best available technologies and practices to replace existing POPs in use. Most of the “dirty dozen” are subject to an immediate ban on use.
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