EU scientists back Tame risk assessment

The EU's top environmental science committee, Scher, has backed the conclusions of a risk assessment carried out on the petrol additive tert-amyl methyl ether (Tame). In an opinion released last week the committee agreed with EU risk assessors that there was a need to limit risks posed by the chemical to the aquatic and marine environment. But it said the assessment's finding of risks to groundwater was premature. The substance is the first member of the fourth EU priority list to complete the assessment process, and the 70th overall. See Scher opinion.

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