Long awaited global ban on exporting hazardous waste to developing countries becomes law today!

Long awaited global ban on exporting hazardous waste to developing countries becomes law today!

The Basel Ban Amendment, adopted by the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous and Their Disposal in 1995, today becomes...

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POPs Recycling Contaminates Children's Toys with Toxic Flame Retardants

POPs Recycling Contaminates Children's Toys with Toxic Flame Retardants

This report evaluates chemical analyses of toys and plastic products from 26 countries worldwide and calls for stricter limits on the content of brominated flame retardants in...

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Chemical and petrochemical industry site: Coatzacoalcos region in Mexico

Chemical and petrochemical industry site: Coatzacoalcos region in Mexico

This report focuses on the area of Coatzacoalcos-Minatitlán, where a chlor-alkali plant and waste incinerator are located inside of a petrochemical complex, and where an oil and...

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Mexico

Mexico, the eleventh most populous country in the world, has a rich history. A number of Central American civilizations developed in its territory. At the same time, it is a country with a very developed industry, which brings with it negative aspects in the form of environmental pollution by toxic substances. Like the Czech Republic, however, there is also a Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) in Mexico. The country plays an important role in the international arena among Latin American countries.

mexicoArnika has been cooperating with Mexican NGOs for many years within the international IPEN network. The first joint project was a study focused on the presence of dioxins and other toxic substances in the free range chicken eggs from the vicinity of the petrochemical complex in Coatzacoalcos in 2005. In 2013, we also detected mercury contamination in fish in its vicinity. As in Spolana and Spolchemie, toxic mercury was used in the production of chlorine. However, there have been and are far more joint projects against pollution. Most of them have been possible thanks to the global IPEN network and, in recent years, also thanks to the support of Sweden.

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