EU Proposes New Restriction on Hexachlorobenzene

Top Quote A look at European Union proposals to set a limit value for hexachlorobenzene under the POP Recast Regulation. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 03, 2021 - The European Commission (EC) has published a draft regulation to set a limit value for hexachlorobenzene (HCB). The proposal has been issued under Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants (POP Recast Regulation).

    The EC website states that the draft regulation has a limit of no more than 10 mg/kg for HCB. The EC will accept comments until December 6, 2021, and, if accepted, it will come into effect twenty days after publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). The new limit will facilitate enforcements.

    When the POP Recast Regulation was originally published in 2019, HCB was listed in Annex I without an Unintentional Trace Contaminant (UTC) limit value. Since then, the EC has determined that HCB is an impurity in various substances, mixtures and articles, including chlorinated solvents, coatings, inks, paints and toners, pesticides, wood and textile applications, as well as plastics.

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