UK pursues toxic chemicals crack-down

Britain's environment ministry has published detailed proposals to phase out the persistent and hazardous perfluorinated chemical PFOS plus substances that degrade to it. The ministry said it hoped its move would "inform wider action to ban the chemical across the EU". OECD countries decided against taking action against PFOS in 2002 but further research has led to heightened concerns. In a separate development, the Anglo-Welsh environment agency has asked manufacturers of the anti-bacterial agent triclosan to carry out more research on the chemical's environmental significance. See press releases on PFOS and triclosan plus briefing paper.

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