Netherlands working on proposal to ban PFAS in Europe

The Dutch government has indicated it wants to prepare a “comprehensive proposal” to phase out the use of poly- and perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS) in the EU, and plans to discuss it at a meeting of environment ministers this week.

Denmark, Luxembourg and Sweden joined the Netherlands in putting the PFAS issue on the agenda of the EU Council summit in Brussels on 19 December, with a joint briefing note referring to “increased risks to health and the environment” from the highly persistent chemicals.

“The Netherlands wants to prepare a comprehensive proposal to restrict all uses of and products with PFAS except where essential,” according to the document dated 11 December. Several national authorities and the European Chemicals Agency, have “indicated their willingness to cooperate”, it says.

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