Environmental groups have urged government delegates to reject European Commission proposals to authorise the use of restricted, carcinogenic chromium compounds in a range of products, ahead of a possible vote this week.
Chromium VI, a known carcinogen, is a controlled 'substance of very high concern' (SVHC) under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation.
However, national delegates on the REACH committee are due to discuss on Thursday four proposals, based on applications from industry, to authorise chromium compounds for specific uses, including as a decorative metallic plating, for dying wool, and as a corrosion resistant.
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