Parliament rejects mercury ban compromise

Demand for barometers to be exempted could lead to big delays in needed curbs on mercury, warn Greens

In an unusual move, the European parliament on Tuesday rejected a compromise deal reached with EU governments on banning mercury in measuring devices.  The vote could mean a lengthy delay before the legislation is finalised.

The draft first-reading agreement was reached at the beginning of November between parliament’s rapporteur and the EU presidency (EED 03/11/06).  The full parliament has refused to endorse application of the ban to barometers as well as thermometers.

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