Norway calls for world war on ecotoxins

Government calls for global ban on some substances;  plans to "eliminate" ecotoxins by 2020

Norway is to lobby for a "global ban" on the controversial pesticide endosulfan and the brominated flame retardant HBCDD, the government announced on Friday.  The initiative is one of a series in a white paper on ecotoxins.

The government proposes legislation giving businesses until 2008 to produce action plans for eliminating "all emissions" of ecotoxins by 2020.

Information and labelling requirements on consumer products would be strengthened with the aim of eliminating a range of substances including mercury, other brominated flame retardants, PFOS, the antibacterial compound triclosan and copper.

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