Hexachloroethane ban for non-ferrous metals industry

The European Commission has proposed a ban on the use of hexachloroethane (HCE) in the non-ferrous metal industry to bring EC legislation in line with decisions taken by the Paris Commission.1 The move reflects concern first raised in Scandinavia about dioxin releases from aluminium plants using HCE. The UK will back the proposal because industry compliance costs will be low, despite its view that a link between HCE and dioxin releases remains unproven.

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