Chemicals and Nukes
2000 Developments

12/12/00 Russia's Duma passed a bill by a majority vote, paving the way for Russia to become a haven for foreign nuclear waste
12/12/00 Summary of the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-5) for an International Legally Binding Instrument for Implementing International Action on Certain Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
12/11/00 WorldWatch Institute study finds toxic chemicals a major source of groundwater pollution
12/11/00 Negotiations result in treaty banning 8 of the world's most notorious persistent organic pollutants
11/14/00 Denmark becomes first country in the world to impose a wide ranging ban on lead
11/06/00 Report on the seventh session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for an International Legally Binding Instrument for the Application of the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade
10/23/00 International health care coalition claims that premature infants and newborns are most at risk from plastic softener
10/23/00 Report on The Third Session of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety
10/09/00 Our Stolen Future webpage provides recent press links dealing with the science of endocrine disruption
09/13/00 Aleksandr Nikitin, a former Russian Naval officer, was acquitted of treason charges accusing him of releasing state secrets while reporting nuclear contamination information to a Norwegion environmental group
09/11/00 Improperly closed uranium mines in Romania raise environmental and health concerns
09/05/00 Critics denounce agreement between U.S. and Russia to convert weapons grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear power plants
08/23/00 Nuclear reactors from sunken Russian submarine proclaimed safe by officials, despite environmentalists assertions to the contrary
08/22/00 UNEP begins two year study on potential POPs to be controlled by international treaty
08/10/00 Greenpeace files claim against Tokyo nuclear power company to prevent further shipments of weapons grade plutonium from Europe to Japan
07/05/00 40 countries announce pledge of US$715 million to clean up Chernobyl nuclear disaster
04/26/00 Ukrainian Prime Minister Yushchenko promises to close the Chernobyl power plant by the end of the year while speaking at a ceremony in remembrance of the nuclear disaster
03/27/00 Summary of the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4) for an International Legally Binding Instrument for Implementing International Action on Certain Persistent Organic Pollutants discusses debate on measures to reduce or eliminate releases, technical assistance, and financial support
02/28/00 Radiation Safety of the Biosphere Project report issued by Russian and American scientists concludes that environmental contamination problems due to former USSR's nuclear weapon's program is not as serious as feared
02/03/00 U.S. State Department letter to the European Union encourages EU to withdraw support for G-77 developing countries that aim to eliminate POPs for the upcoming POPs treaty in Bonn
02/03/00 An EPA voluntary chemical health and safety cooperative program now has over 400 companies participating in accelerated hazard screening for their 2,000 top-selling chemicals
01/25/00 Slovakia halts shipment of spent nuclear fuel to Russia citing damage to the Slovakian economy