Denmark's copper-bottom compromise

A long-standing Danish disagreement over use of copper-based anti-fouling paints on pleasure boats has been resolved, national news agency Ritzau reported today. Environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt decided to halve the permitted copper content to 40%, abandoning his earlier intention to introduce a 10% limit in return for tougher cleansing restrictions and a ceiling on the amount of copper released to the marine environment within 30 days of painting the hull. A total ban on copper content, originally scheduled for this year, had already been postponed to 2006 because there is no suitable substitute. See article.

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