Progress for British deal limiting NPE use

UK manufacturers of nonylphenol, octylphenol and their ethoxylates (NPEs and OPEs) announced on Wednesay that they had fulfilled their part of a voluntary agreement with the government on reducing risks from the chemicals, which are persistent, toxic and bioaccumulative (PBT). The replacement of NPEs in many downstream applications anticipates EU marketing restrictions due to take effect on 17 January 2005. In October the government put the extra costs of bringing action forward at under UK£200,000 (€287,000). See press release and UK environment ministry voluntary agreement pages.

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