US firms back status quo on EU battery rules

Business lobby group warns MEPs off ban on NiCad and lead in batteries as directive enters its second reading

US businesses operating in Europe have called on the European parliament not to introduce radical changes to draft new EU rules on batteries. The intervention by the American chamber of commerce to the EU (Amcham) comes as the parliament's environment committee is preparing the assembly's second reading position on the law (EED 05/10/05).

The lobby group urges MEPs to reject proposals by parliamentary rapporteur Hans Blokland for a total ban on nickel cadmium and lead in batteries. It also supports exemptions to the partial NiCad battery ban agreed by EU governments.

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