MEPs debate chemicals and coasts

Parliament plenary votes to ban brominated flame retardants, improve coastal zone management

Though overshadowed by key votes on environmental crime and electronic waste (both already covered by ENDS Europe DAILY), two other environmental dossiers passed through the European parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg this week.

In the first, on EU phase-outs for some toxic brominated flame retardants, MEPs said a European Commission-planned ban on pentabromodiphenylether (pentaBDE) should be extended to envelop both the octa and deca forms of the chemical. The latter should be deferred until 2006 pending the result of EU risk assessment (EED 22/03/02).

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