Sweden to call for further EU action on chemicals

In a strategy released on Monday, the member state says it wants a plan to deal with perfluorinated substances. It also calls for action on cadmium

Sweden will continue to push for EU action on chemicals in coming years, according to a strategy released by its environment ministry on Monday.

The 136-page document sets eight milestones to reduce the risks posed by hazardous chemicals, particularly concerning children. For example, it calls for measures on endocrine disruptors and allergenic substances by 2015.

The EU should also develop an action plan to deal with perfluorinated substances, says the ministry. In the environment, these substances break down into compounds that are persistent and very toxic.

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