EU close to agreeing mercury device controls

Tight vote expected in parliament as council and rapporteur agree first-reading compromise

EU governments and the European parliament’s rapporteur MEP have struck a compromise deal paving the way for a ban on mercury in all fever thermometers.   The restrictions will also cover similar measuring devices, such as barometers, that are intended for public sale.

A committee of EU member state representatives formally backed the first-reading deal on Tuesday.  But the accord has yet to gain the full backing of the parliament’s largest political group and faces a testing plenary session vote in mid-November.

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