Commission upholds Dutch creosote ban

Ruling could pave the way for further tightening of EU legislation on environmental grounds

The European Commission has cleared tighter restrictions governing marketing and use of the wood preservative creosote in the Netherlands, indicating that some elements are likely to be incorporated into an update of a 2001 EU directive on the subject.

Under the directive, the sale to the public of creosote and creosote-treated timber is already scheduled to be banned from July 2003, mainly because it contains benzo-a-pyrene (BaP), classified as a carcinogen. Industrial uses of creosote will still be permitted but only with strict limits on BaP concentration (EED 26/10/02).

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