UK moots new action plan to cut dioxins

Attention must shift to smaller emission sources, international dimension, says ministry

The UK government has proposed creating a national dioxins action plan to further cut human exposure to dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs. Some population groups remain at risk despite big emission cuts achieved over recent years, the environment ministry said in a consultation paper released yesterday.

Britain's initiative follows publication of an EU strategy on dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs last autumn, which recommended reducing average human exposure to 14 picograms per kilogram (pg/kg) of body weight per week (EED 25/10/02). Current estimated average UK exposure of 1.8 pg/kg per day (12.6 pg/kg per week) falls only just within this.

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