France pushes toxic treaty into law
Stockholm, Sweden - France became the 50th nation to ratify the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants this week, enabling the landmark treaty to enter into international law.
Conservation group WWF played a key NGO role in creating the treaty back in 2001, and has pushed for the implementation since then. "Achieving the requisite 50 parties in less than 3 years is a huge victory," said Clifton Curtis, director of WWF's Global Toxics Program. "The Stockholm Convention is unique in attacking the problem at its source, banning outright or severely restricting some of the world's most dangerous chemicals."
The Convention aims to ban the production and use of the most harmful chemicals, including PCBs and dioxins. Following France’s ratification, the treaty will become law in 90 days.