Nordics weigh into EU cadmium battery debate

Three environment ministers urge Wallström to maintain stalled plan to ban Nicads from 2008

Environment ministers from the EU's three Nordic member countries have intervened in the European Commission's troubled internal debate over whether to propose a Europe-wide ban on nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries (Nicads).

In a joint letter, Sweden's Kjell Larsson, Denmark's Svend Auken and Finland's Satu Hassi urge EU environment commissioner Margot Wallström to maintain her proposals in the face of opposition from industry groups and fellow commissioners.

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