Criteria for banning biocides under EU legislation should take into account the substances' impacts on the environment and not only their impacts on health, a majority of environment ministers said during a policy debate in Brussels on Tuesday.
Green criteria should be added to a list of "exclusion criteria" proposed by the European Commission as part of a revision of biocide legislation, the ministers said. The commission wants to ban substances causing cancer, mutations, reproductive problems or hormone imbalances.
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