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The EU must impose a much broader ban on the use of plastic in cosmetics products than it is currently considering, Greenpeace Germany has said as it publishes a report showing the vast majority of cosmetics products it tested contained some form of the pollutant.
Lead ammunition is set to be subject to the first restriction under the UK REACH chemicals regulation, which took effect on 1 January, with the former EU member set to follow Brussels’ example again with measures targeting PFAS and certain tattoo inks expected.
The expected completion dates for 28 substance evaluations have been delayed, according to the European Chemicals Agency’s annually updated Community Rolling Action Plan.
The chair of the European Parliament’s environment committee has again raised concerns about the controversial process for revising the EU’s bee protection guidance, in a letter to the European Commission.
The European Commission’s goal to phase out the non-essential uses of ‘forever chemicals’ PFAS has found support from member states, which on Monday agreed on “the need to ensure they are eliminated”.
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