The General Office of the Ministry of Environmental Protection has recently issued a circular on the publication of the Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals for Key Environmental Management, thereby launching the environmental management registration of hazardous chemicals in an all-round way. This is a major breakthrough in the environmental management of chemical substances in China.
84 dangerous chemicals are listed in the key list
The Key Catalogue currently covers 84 dangerous chemicals. They all meet one of the following three conditions: persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity; large production or wide use with high environmental and/or health hazards; and other hazardous chemicals requiring priority environmental management, including the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Chemicals controlled by the Convention, etc.
In the future, the Ministry of Environmental Protection will organize experts to adjust and publish the Catalogue of Hazardous Chemicals for Key Environmental Management in accordance with the relevant requirements of the Registration Measures for Environmental Management of Hazardous Chemicals (Trial Implementation).
The voice of priority management for high-risk products is risin
During the Eleventh Five-Year Plan period, the output value of China's chemical industry surpassed that of the United States and became the largest country in the global gross industrial product. Registering tens of thousands of existing chemicals, identifying their environmental and health hazards and assessing their risks are serious challenges for China's environmental management of chemicals.
In recent years, unexpected environmental pollution accidents occur frequently, and enterprises violate regulations to discharge pollutants and discard chemical pollutants frequently. In China, there is a growing demand for the implementation of pollutant discharge and transfer registration system, which requires enterprises to register toxic and harmful chemicals produced and used, so that the government can understand the production, toxicity, emission and release of these pollutants, and ultimately turn these powerful information into a weapon for public supervision and joint efforts to control pollution.