The European Parliament's environment committee has objected to the planned authorisation of sodium dichromate, in a move campaigners hope will lead to an unprecedented refusal of a licence under the REACH chemicals regulation.
Although a known carcinogen, mutagen and toxic to reproduction, the regulation allows the use of chemicals listed by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) as a 'substance of very high concern' in cases where no viable alternative is available.
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