UN Pollution Accord Enters Into Force in October
July 17, 2009 - 7:07 AM<br />
The U.N. Economic Commission for Europe, or UNECE, says the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers covers 86 potentially hazardous substances.
UNECE official Michael Stanley-Jones says 36 countries have signed the protocol, and France became the 18th country to ratify it on July 10.
Stanley-Jones said Friday that all signatories so far were European though it the protocol is open to any government.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency already has a similar register known as the Toxics Release Inventory Program.
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