Fine print hassles
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (pops), signed by India on May 14, 2002, has expectedly raised the chemical manufacturers' hackles. The pact seeks to regulate the use of the world's most toxic substances, covering 12 of the deadliest chemicals. Interestingly, the industry is not so shaken by the clampdown on the "dirty dozen' as it is by the ambiguously worded Annexure d of the convention. The appended section provides for "adding new substances' to the hit list.
The manufacturers aired their concern at a recently concluded priority setting meeting in New Delhi for