New POPs

New POPs

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are organic chemical substances, that is, they are carbon-based. They possess a particular combination of physical and chemical properties such that, once released into the environment, they:

  • remain intact for exceptionally long periods of time (many years);
  • become widely distributed throughout the environment as a result of natural processes involving soil, water and, most notably, air;
  • accumulate in the fatty tissue of living organisms including humans, and are found at higher concentrations at higher levels in the food chain; and
  • are toxic to both humans and wildlife.



  1. Alpha hexachlorocyclohexane
  2. Beta hexachlorocyclohexane
  3. Chlordecone
  4. Decabromodiphenyl ether (commercial mixture, c-decaBDE)
  5. Hexabromobiphenyl
  6. Hexabromocyclododecane
  7. Hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether (commercial octabromodiphenyl ether)
  8. Hexachlorobutadiene
  9. Lindane
  10. Pentachlorobenzene
  11.  Pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters
  12. Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride
  13. Polychlorinated naphthalenes
  14. Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs)
  15. Technical endosulfan and its related isomers 
  16. Tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether (commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether)