The European Commission unveiled its plan to prohibit thousands of harmful chemicals used in various consumer products, ammunition, and buildings.
As part of the European Green Deal, the commission has extended its Chemical Strategy for Sustainability to restrict certain substances in products. Industry groups said 12,000 chemicals could fall under the restriction.
The Restriction Roadmap aimed at maximizing the reduction of chemical risks through broader restrictions, the commission said.
The commission proposed to ban chemicals that impact human and animal health, prioritizing carcinogens or chemicals that cause cancer. Some of the chemicals include substances in firefighting foams, lubricants, clay pigeons, fishing sinkers, and fishing lures.
The European Environmental Bureau said that if the measure is implemented, it will be the largest chemical ban ever.
Many consumers and health groups have fought against harmful chemicals for decades.
European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) appealed to the European Commission in December 2021 to develop a strategy to sustain the massive investments required to meet the objectives of the EU Green Deal.
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