Nonylphenols to be banned in Germany
The German cabinet has decided to introduce a ban on the industrial use of nonylphenols and hexavalent chromium from mid-2004, subject to approval by the Bundesrat, or upper house of parliament. The measure transposes an EU directive regarding the chemicals (EED 22/08/02). The German environment ministry said that, despite industry steps to curb the use of nonylphenols since 1986, they still were prevalent in bodies of water and in foodstuffs. The ban would also apply to hexavalent chromium, a component of cement which is a skin irritant. See press release.