White asbestos blocked from hazardous substance list “a catastrophe”
Chrysotile, or white asbestos, will not be added to the Rotterdam Convention’s list of hazardous substances.
Agreement could not be reached in Geneva recently to list Chrysotile as a hazardous substance under the Rotterdam Convention. This was despite a recommendation from its own scientific committee. The decision requires unanimity and a handful of countries blocked the listing during the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (COP-8).