EU chlorinated paraffin ban confirmed
A ban on the marketing and use of short-chained chlorinated paraffins in metal and leatherworking applications was confirmed last week as transport ministers rubber-stamped a political accord reached by internal market ministers in May (EED 31/05/01). The agreement now moves back to the European parliament for a second reading, where MEPs will decide whether to maintain a demand to extend the ban to other applications. The ban will be the first introduced on a substance following a risk assessment under the EU's "existing chemicals" programme. See council of ministers note.