Netherlands clamps down on asbestos
Holland's council of ministers has approved a draft law aimed at further tightening controls on asbestos used in braking and friction materials, especially vehicle brake and clutch pads. The proposal would especially affect lorries, according to an environment ministry spokesperson, but also imposes new restrictions on private citizens, who would no longer be allowed to store or re-use asbestos. Meanwhile, controls on asbestos-contaminated construction waste and soil would actually be relaxed somewhat, enabling their re-use as long as environmental and health risks are not significantly raised. See press release.