The European Commission has expressed “deep concern” over sewage discharges from the UK into the marine environment, pledging to assess whether it breaches the Brexit trade deal.
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The dumping of raw sewage into the Channel has prompted French politicians to appeal to the European Commission to intervene, claiming that the UK is violating a Brexit commitment to uphold green standards.
The cost to the chemicals and manufacturing sectors of replicating the EU’s REACH regime for the UK market following Brexit is set to cost twice as much as industry estimates, according to ministers, and NGOs say it could provide a lower level of protection.
The UK’s post-Brexit chemicals regulator will need another four years before it reaches full capacity to perform its tasks, according to a government watchdog.
Tetraethyl lead, a petrol additive once described as ‘one of the most serious environmental threats to human health’, has now been placed on the EU’s authorisation list.
The European Commission should ease the burden on national chemicals regulators by streamlining the process to restrict substances and placing more responsibility for safety assessments on industry, a group of 21 health and environment NGOs has said.
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