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PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS – POPS

What are Persistent Organic Pollutants – POPs?
 


Persistent Organic Pollutants are are chemical substances that persist in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food web, become widely distributed geographically, accumulate in the fatty tissue of living organisms and are toxic to humans and wildlife.  POPs circulate globally and can cause damage wherever they travel. POPs are very stable compounds, and are used as pesticides in agriculture as as input materials in technological processes, as well as emerging as incineration by-products.

 
Characteristics of Persistent Organic Pollutants:
 

  • Persistency  (they persist in the environment over long periods of time before degrading), 

  • They move over long distances in nature (moving to all part of the earth’s, even over distances of 1000 km posing  a threat to all people and the environment globally), 

  • bioaccumulation (transmission into living organisms through ingestion, water consumption and respiration, accumulation in all tissues, mostly in the fatty tissue),

  •  Harmful effects (due to their toxicity and ecotoxicity they harm humankind and animals).

Relevant Legislation

 

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the Act on the Ratification of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (Official Gazette RS, No. 32/2004, international agreements),

  • Decree on the Implementation of the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on Persistent Organic Pollutants (Official Gazette RS, No. 4/2005),

  • Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants (in the ratification phase).

Who is responsible for persistent organic pollutants in the Republic of Slovenia?

 

The Ministry of Health (Chemicals Office of the Republic of Slovenia) and the Ministry of Spatial Planning and the Environment are according to the Decree on the Implementation of the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on Persistent Organic Pollutants (OJ RS, No. 4/2005) responsible for dealing with POPs related issues in Slovenia.

 

Plans pertaining to POPs

  • Action plan formulation


The CORS has been, in compliance with Article 7 of the Act on the Ratification of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and in accordance with Article 8 of the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on Persistent Organic Pollutants (OJ RS, No. 4/2005), drafting an action plan referred to as the National Implementing Plan for POPs Management (Project: UNEP/GEF No. GF/2732-02-4463). Its purpose is to draft an implementation plan of obligations, and put it into effect in 2006.

 

 


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