Specific exemptions for Annex A chemicals: Expired in 2009

As at 17 May 2009, there were no Parties registered for the specific exemptions listed in Annex A pertaining to aldrin, chlordane, dieldrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, and mirex. Therefore, in accordance with paragraph 9 of Article 4 of the Convention, no new registrations may be made with such exemptions.

Expired Specific Exemptions

Aldrin CAS No: 309-00-2

No specific exemptions registered.

Chlordane CAS No: 57-74-9

Activity Specific exemption Party Expiry date Estimated quantity of production / use Purpose(s) of
production / use
Reason for exemption Remarks
Production As allowed for the Parties listed in the Register China (People's Republic of) 17/05/2009 The annual output of chlordane oil is about 500 tons. For termiticide use
There are 9 enterprises having the capability to produce chlordane, among which 6 enterprises produce it at present.
Use Local ectoparasiticide No specific exemptions registered 17/05/2009

Use Insecticide No specific exemptions registered 17/05/2009        
Use Termiticide China (People’s Republic of) 17/05/2009 The annual consumption of chlordane oil is in the range of 400-500 tons. 95% of chlordane is used in structures of houses, 4% of chlordane is used in dams, and the rest 1% of chlordane is used in underground cable boxes to control termites.    
Use Termiticide in buildings and dams Botswana 17/05/2009   Chlordane is used in the construction industry. The purpose of this exemption is to allow time to follow the necessary measures to ban it, e.g. educating the public, research on alternatives and consulting the relevant authorities on this requirement.  These actions will be undertaken under the NIP.   
Use Termiticide in buildings and dams Zambia 17/05/2009  The annual consumption of chlordane 5,000 litters(60% EC Chlordane)  For termicide use Non availability of cost effective Termiticide as an alternative to chlordane (Notification)  
Use Termiticide in roads  Zambia 17/05/2009  The annual consumption of chlordane 5,000 litters(60% EC Chlordane) For termicide use Non availability of cost effective Termiticide as an alternative to chlordane (Notification)  
Use Additive in plywood adhesives No specific exemptions registered 17/05/2009  

 

Dieldrin CAS No: 60-57-1

No specific exemptions registered.

Heptachlor CAS No: 76-44-8

No specific exemptions registered.

Hexachlorobenzene CAS No: 118-74-1

No specific exemptions registered. 

Although the specific exemption for the use of hexachlorobenzene as closed-system site-limited intermediate is no longer available, this use is still possible in accordance with note (iii) of Part I of Annex A of the Convention.

Mirex CAS No: 2385-85-5

Activity Specific exemption Party Expiry date Estimated quantity of production / use Purpose(s) of
production / use
Reason for exemption Remarks
Production As allowed for the Parties listed in the Register China (People’s Republic of) 17/05/2009 The annual output of mirex powder is in the range of 10-30 tons. There are 5 enterprises having the capability to produce mirex and 3 enterprises produce it at present.
Use Termiticide  China (People’s Republic of) 17/05/2009 The annual consumption of mirex powder is in the range of 10-30 tons. 20-30% of mirex is used to control termites in structures of houses, dams and underground cable boxes.    
Use Termiticide  Australia 17/05/2009 Mirex is used under licence in northern Australia as a bait control for the giant termite (Mastotermes darwiniensis).   Research is underway to find a suitable alternative with the aim of phasing out the use of mirex.