Council agrees stricter EU cement controls

The council of ministers is to endorse proposals on reducing the skin irritant chromium VI in cement adopted by the European parliament last month (EED 28/03/03), it has announced. The step will seal a first reading agreement on the twenty-sixth amendment to the EU's marketing and use directive. The parliament's changes to a European Commission proposal were negotiated in advance with the council. The main consequence is an obligation on producers to treat a much wider range of cement than originally foreseen (EED 21/02/03). The directive also covers restrictions on nonylphenols. See council statement.

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