Rotterdam Convention Participants Fail to Label Chrysotile Asbestos as “Dangerous Substance”
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At the Fall 2008 Rotterdam Convention, representatives of the 126 member countries failed to reach an agreement regarding the classification of chrysotile asbestos as a dangerous substance. All countries exporting a product on the dangerous substances list are required to provide the importing country with an official warning detailing the product’s dangers, the potential harm to the environment and the health risks associated with exposure to the product.
A group of seven countries, including India, Pakistan and Kazakhstan, voiced their opposition to chrysotile's inclusion on the list. The convention participants ruled that chrysotile asbestos would be discussed at the next convention, to be held in 2010 or 2011.
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