EU launches crackdown on creosote

Law announced banning consumer use of wood preservative by 2003, curbing industrial uses

The marketing and use of creosote and all products treated with it are to be banned throughout the EU, the European Commission revealed today. Industrial applications of the wood preservative will also be significantly reduced.

Announcing a new directive, the Commission said the decision was based on findings that the active ingredient in creosote, benzo-a-pyrene (BaP), was more liable to cause cancer in users of the substance than previously thought. Member states have until the end of June 2003 to implement the ban.

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