Measure Will Reduce Dangerous Pollutants (Sen. Tom Harkin)

Yesterday, Senator Chambliss and I reintroduced legislation to reduce dangerous pollutants. The measure implements pesticide-related obligations under agreements for a worldwide group of 12 toxic chemicals known as “POPs,” persistent organic pollutants. Passage of this legislation will help clear the path for ratification of three important agreements to reduce worldwide levels of these dangerous chemicals, all of which are already illegal in the United States.  Some examples of these chemicals are DDT, PCBs, and dioxins.

This bill establishes notice and comment procedures to ensure the American public has input into federal action related to decisions by the parties to the conventions. The bill also would add new export reporting and labeling requirements to ensure compliance with U.S. obligations under the Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (PIC) Convention.

The United States has not been able to participate in this global effort for years since we have not ratified the agreements. The need for this legislation is now, and it is time for the Untied States to put global pressure of the limitations of these chemicals.