Urge to reclassify chemical

The RSPB says urgent action is needed to prevent a repeat of the pollution that harmed thousands of seabirds. It comes as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency is to ask the international governing body to reclassify the substance PIB.

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MCA to submit paper on harmful chemical this year

The Maritime and Coastguard Association say they will be producing a paper on PIBs - including the idea of reclassifying the chemical so it can't be dumped at sea.

The RSPB say action is needed urgently after thousands of seabirds were harmed by pollution earlier this year.

The MCA sent us this statement:

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will be submitting a paper on the issue of PIBs to a meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) later this year. This document does explore the possibility of reclassifying PIBs. In addition, the MCA is also working on the longer term issue of high viscosity products with other member states of the IMO.

– The Maritime and Coastguard Association

Call for urgent action over seabird pollution

A seabird being cleaned after getting covered in the pollutant PIB earlier this year Credit: ITV News West Country

The RSPB says urgent action is needed to prevent a repeat of the pollution that harmed thousands of seabirds in our region earlier this year.

It welcomes the news that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency is to ask the governing body, the International Maritime Organization, to reclassify the substance, PIB, making it illegal to dump it at sea.

But, if it does so, it will take time for the reclassification to become international law and the charity says something needs to be done now.

One of the birds after being treated for the pollutant Credit: ITV News West Country

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