UK chemicals advisers take stock of progress
The UK chemicals stakeholder forum, a group that advises the government on chemicals policy, has published its second annual progress review. Among its successes, it lists a "formal voluntary agreement" between government and industry to control the risks of nonylphenol and octylphenol, both due to be banned from 2006. It also mentions a deal to cut emissions of medium chain length chlorinated paraffins by 25% before the end of this year. Progress is being made towards deciding on risk reduction methods for four other chemicals. See press release.