How many banned chemicals are there?



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    In 2001, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) came up with a list of the “dirty dozen” – 12 chemicals banned across the world. In 2009, another 9 were added to the list. These chemicals are banned due to their potential to cause damage to the nervous system, impede childhood development, lead to cancer and death. 

    The original 12 include pesticides, industrial chemicals and their byproducts: aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex, toxaphen; PCBs, dioxins and furans.

    The 9 additional are:  

    • Alpha hexachlorocyclohexane
    • Beta hexachlorocyclohexane
    • Hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether
    • Tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether 
    • Chlordecone 
    • Hexabromobiphenyl (HBB) 
    • Lindane 
    • Pentachlorobenzene (PeCB) 
    • Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS)


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