The UK's environment ministry (DEFRA) has published draft rules that would ban from 2015 sales of domestic laundry detergents containing phosphate. Phosphate concentrations must not exceed 0.4% by weight, according to the ministry.
DEFRA expects the rules to be adopted in April 2010 following a final consultation launched on Thursday. It ruled out a plan to reduce phosphate use through a voluntary industry agreement following a first consultation last year.
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