Norway prohibits hormone surfactants

Voluntary usage reductions by industry have been insufficient says government

The Norwegian government has banned "most uses" of several common industrial surfactants known to disrupt human endocrine systems - octyl phenol, nonyl phenol and nonyl phenol ethoxylates. Prohibition takes effect from the end of the year.

Announced yesterday, the move is thought to be the first outright ban on these chemicals to be implemented in Europe and is in line with a recommendation issued by the country's national pollution agency last year (EED 20/11/00).

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