Singapore Bans Short-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins

Singapore’s National Environment Agency has informed the WTO about its prohibition of short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP). Products that contain SCCP may no longer be manufactured or used. The new law takes effect in June 2018. SCCP are used in the manufacture of rubber products, textile coating, sealants, adhesives, and dyes and as lubricants in the metal-working industry.

Under the new Environmental Protection and Management Act (EPMA) and Hazardous Substances Regulations), SCCP are classified as a hazardous chemical. The production, import, and export of SCCP are now prohibited. With this step, Singapore meets the requirements of the Stockholm Convention. The convention is binding in national law. It forbids and limits the use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). As with any law, exceptions apply, as noted for the following uses:

  • Additives in the production of transmission belts in the natural and synthetic rubber industry
  • Spare parts for rubber conveyor belts in the mining and forestry industries
  • Leather industry, especially fat-liquoring in leather
  • Lubricant additives, especially for automobile engines, electric generators, wind power facilities, and drilling in oil and gas exploration and petroleum refining to produce diesel oil
  • Tubes for outdoor decoration bulbs
  • Waterproofing and fire-retardant paints
  • Additives in adhesives and metal processing
  • Secondary plasticizers in flexible polyvinyl chloride, except in toys and children’s products

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