As national and international initiatives aimed at further regulating persistent organic pollutants (POPs) gained momentum in the 1990s, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. was retained by the American Chemistry Council to help develop a long-term strategy that would ensure future international legal regimes were appropriate in scope, science-based, and transparent.
Working with our client, we developed and helped execute a multi-year advocacy strategy that established favorable legal and technical precedents, first under the environmental side agreement to NAFTA and then under the POPs Protocol to the Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) Convention covering Europe and North America.
Attorneys with the Firm then joined our industry counterparts in negotiations at the global level on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, using the regional agreements as favorable precedents. After several years of focused advocacy, including representing our client at key intergovernmental negotiating meetings, governments concluded the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in early 2002. The Convention bans or restricts the use and production of listed chemicals and includes technical criteria and a transparent process that incorporates elements of precaution for adding additional POPs over time. To date, the final accord has been ratified by more than 100 nations and has been endorsed by the U.S. chemical industry and major environmental stakeholders.