Dutch "must wait" for EU creosote decision

Scientific committee backs Commmission request for more time to think about "complex" issues

The Netherlands must wait until the end of the year to find out whether it may ban a controversial carcinogenic ingredient of creosote after a European Commission scientific committee backed a delay in the EU approval process.

The Dutch government wants to prohibit benzo-a-pyrene (BaP) in creosote used to treat wood coming into contact with surface waters. Since EU harmonising legislation permits the use of BaP, the Netherlands needs to provide new evidence of a "major need" and win Commission approval before it can implement stricter national controls.

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