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IPEN urged delegates of the Basel Convention meeting to set safe limits for toxic chemicals in waste

IPEN urged delegates of the Basel Convention meeting to set safe limits for toxic chemicals in waste

Jindřich Petrlík, Arnika's representative intervened at current Basel Convention's Open-ended Working Group meeting in Geneva on behalf of IPEN, a global network of more than 500...

Calls for tightening the international legislation heard at a conference on toxic substances

Calls for tightening the international legislation heard at a conference on toxic substances

Eggs, toys, and combs may contain dioxins and/or brominated flame retardants (BFRs), endangering human health. At an international conference in Poland, this was stated by...

„Let's stop the giant waste incinerator,“ people from the Mělník region appeal

„Let's stop the giant waste incinerator,“ people from the Mělník region appeal

The petition „Stop the Mělník Incinerator“ requires shutting down the project of the biggest incinerator in the Czech Republic. According to the locals, the planned incinerator...

Dioxin disgrace directed by the electricity and heat selling conglomerate ČEZ Group

Dioxin disgrace directed by the electricity and heat selling conglomerate ČEZ Group

In the documents for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of an incinerator, the ČEZ Group says that the total emissions of toxic dioxins into the air are 25-times higher than...

Toys made of recycled plastics may contain toxic chemicals that can damage children's nervous system

Toys made of recycled plastics may contain toxic chemicals that can damage children's nervous system

Recycled plastics contain hazardous substances that may damage nervous system, immunity and male fertility. They are used in building materials, carpets, dishes, hairdressing...

Will there finally be mandatory labeling of chemical composition for all products?

Will there finally be mandatory labeling of chemical composition for all products?

Knowledge of the composition of the product is key for consumers deciding whether to buy the product or not. However, the information is important even after the products are not...

German scientist warns against dangerous product for wood and coal boilers

German scientist warns against dangerous product for wood and coal boilers

Roland Weber (POPs Environmental Consulting, Germany) warns against using the ash from biomass combustion as a fertilizer for agricultural and forest lands. It is, of course, the...

Two New Studies Revealed POPs Pollution across Thailand

Two New Studies Revealed POPs Pollution across Thailand

Investigations proved toxic contamination in pollution hotspots in Thailand. It is caused, in particular, by dioxins and other persistent organic pollutants (POPs). High...

Cement plants as a source of toxic substances

Cement plants as a source of toxic substances

The university researcher Nuria Ortuño (University of Alicante, Spain) focuses on the study of cement plant emissions, which co-incinerate waste or alternative waste fuels. Among...

The European Commission is questionably consulting the chemical exceptions

The European Commission is questionably consulting the chemical exceptions

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the international network of IPEN NGOs blame the European Commission for overlooking an obvious conflict of interest. In order to...

Risk of new POPs formation during fly ash processing in cement plants

Risk of new POPs formation during fly ash processing in cement plants

In China, some cement plants use fly ashes from municipal waste incinerators in the cement production. However, Chinese scientists have found out that this cause problems as...

Hazardous Substances from the Abandoned Farm Premises in Lhenice Apparently Get Even to Eggs

Hazardous Substances from the Abandoned Farm Premises in Lhenice Apparently Get Even to Eggs

Highly contaminated soils that were transported into the premises of the former united agricultural cooperative in Lhenice, Prachatice region pose a threat to human health and to...