On August 19, 2022, the Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) issued a request for information on four types of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The request for information will be carried out until September 19, 2022. The POPs for which the request for information was made are substances that are not considered to be in use in Australia, and these POPs are referred to as “obsolete” on the page on which the request for information was made.
DCCEEW seeks to confirm whether the four types of POPs are still in circulation in Australia and how they are currently used and disposed of. In addition, the information provided will be used as a reference for scheduling the management of these chemicals based on the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management Standard (IChEMS).
Four types of POPs
The four chemicals that were the subject of this request for information are listed in the table below.