Eroding U.S. Sovereignty: POPs Implementation

Eroding U.S. Sovereignty: POPs Implementation

November 30, 2003

Full article available as pdf.  Article appeared originally in December 2003 edition of the Monthly Planet.

 

In early 2004, the Senate is expected to vote on legislation that would allow international bureaucrats to initiate worldwide bans and regulations on chemicals and give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lone authority to essentially ratify them for the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />United States.  The measure is designed to implement the Global Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (the so-called POPs Treaty), which the Bush Administration signed in 2001.  If passed into law, this proposal promises to make an already dangerous treaty much worse—eroding U.S. sovereignty, subverting the Constitution, and advancing policies that could greatly harm the world’s poor.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />