NEA’S RESPONSE TO COMMENTS RECEIVED FROM THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE CONTROL OF CHEMICALS UNDER REVIEW BY MULTILATERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENTS
1 The National Environment Agency (NEA) has concluded its public consultation on the proposed control of 11 chemicals under review by Multilateral Environmental Agreements. The three-week consultation exercise was open for public comments from 5 Mar to 26 Mar 2019.
2 During the period of the REACH consultation, NEA received only 1 clarification on the need to apply for Hazardous Substance licence/permit to import, export, purchase and store the chemicals. NEA has since clarified with the respondent on his query. There were no other feedbacks received on the proposed control of the 11 chemicals under review by the Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
3 NEA appreciates the responses/comments received on the proposed control of 11 chemicals in the consultation. We would like to thank the stakeholders who have participated in the consultation exercise. We look forward to your active participation again in our future public consultation.
|Conventions||Stockholm Convention (SC)||Rotterdam Convention (RC)|
|Proposed Chemicals for Control||Industrial Chemicals
(i) Pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds
(ii) Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS – related compounds
(i) Benzidine and its salts
(ii) Paraquat and its salts
|Parties’ Obligations under SC and RC||(a) Prohibit the production, import, export and use of the chemicals listed in Annex A of SC;
(b) Restrict the production and use of chemicals listed in Annex B of SC; and
(c) Reduce or eliminate the unintentional releases of chemicals listed in Annex C of SC
|Regulate the international trade of the chemicals using the PIC procedure where the transboundary movement of the listed chemicals in Annex III of RC can only take place with the consent of the receiving country.|
a. Identify yourself as well as the organization you represent (if any) so that NEA may follow up with you to clarify any issue, if necessary.
b. Be clear and concise in your comments.
c. Focus your comments on the proposal and how it can be improved.
d. Substantiate your points with illustrations, examples, data or alternative suggestions.
8 This proposal is released for the purpose of consultation. All relevant comments received during the consultation exercise will be taken into consideration.