On Jan. 13, 2023, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment published on its website questions it received regarding the 2023 List of Key Controlled New Pollutants and answers to them. The 2023 list is a list of 14 important new pollutants. The questions and answers include those about the background, main details, new pollutant regulations and implementation of the list.
The first nine items of the list are persistent organic pollutants (POPs) specified in the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. As these pollutants are bioaccumulative and resistant to degradation, they can pose substantial risks even in very low concentrations. To comply with the Stockholm Convention, environmental risks of POPs are managed mainly by bans or restrictions at source.