Europe's NiCad battery makers are furious that the proposal, advanced by the European Commission's environment directorate under a broader directive on treating battery waste (ENDS Daily 10 April), is being made before an EU-level risk assessment on cadmium is complete.
CollectNiCad, which represents 90% of European industry, further claims that early drafts of the assessment had proven that 98% of the cadmium in the environment comes from sources other than NiCad batteries: "The directive does not address these 98% of emissions," it complains.
The plans would "very negatively" affect the European rechargeables sector "as the alternative technologies are produced mainly in countries outside Europe," it said. Moreover, "expert evidence" had challenged a report for the directorate that concluded that a NiCad phase-out could be achieved even before 2008 (ENDS Daily 1 December 2000).
"The proposal stems from a lack of dialogue with industry...almost all the material given to DG environment over the past two and a half years seems not to have been used in the development of the proposal," concluded CollectNiCad.
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