Ministers back limited EU ban on paraffins

Clash with MEPs threatened as governments approve first proposed controls under chemical review scheme 

EU governments have backed European Commission plans to ban short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) in the metal and leatherworking industries. Rubber-stamped at a ministerial meeting in Brussels today, the move sets the two institutions against the European Parliament, which wants tougher controls.

The Commission’s proposed restrictions on SCCPs are the first control measures to emerge from the EU’s much-derided "existing substances" chemical evaluation programme begun in 1993. They came after a comprehensive risk analysis was completed in 1998 (ENDS Daily 5 July 2000).

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