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Birnie, Boyle, and Redgwell's International Law and the Environment

Birnie, Boyle, and Redgwell's International Law and the Environment (4th edn)

Alan Boyle and Catherine Redgwell
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date: 04 October 2022

p. 4538. International Regulation of Toxic and Persistent Pollutants and Waste*locked

p. 4538. International Regulation of Toxic and Persistent Pollutants and Waste*locked

  • Alan Boyle
  •  and Catherine Redgwell

Abstract

This chapter relates at toxic and persistent substances such as chemicals, plastics, industrial wastes, and agricultural pesticides to international environmental law. These substances certainly create an environmental risk which has an international dimension. The chapter outlines the reasons for this. First, the release of persistent and potentially toxic substances into the environment may have long-term and cumulative effects on human and animal health over a wide area, including the marine environment. Secondly, international trade in wastes and chemicals poses a potential risk of accidental pollution of the marine environment and of transit states. The chapter aims to illustrate the importance of adequate institutional machinery for supervising implementation of environmental protection treaties and ensuring their continued development.

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