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EU plots arsenic wood preserver ban

The European Commission has proposed an EU ban on the marketing of arsenic-based wood preservatives to consumers following recent scientific findings that the substance poses higher risks than previously thought to health and the environment. The Commission launched a consultation on the issue today, proposing to ban seven out of ten main uses of copper-chromium-arsenic (CCA) preservatives. Only industrial applications will remain. Norway initiated similar steps earlier this year (EED 10/01/01). See Commission press release and consultation, and EU toxicology committee opinions from 1998 and 2001.

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