Ospar row over nuclear reprocessing, slow progress on chemicals

The now routine dispute over nuclear fuel reprocessing took place at the annual meeting of the Ospar Commission in Copenhagen at the end of June, with the UK and France refusing to be bound by a majority decision that their reprocessing plants should be shut down. Meanwhile, a new priority list of 12 hazardous substances was adopted, though Ospar is under pressure from environmental organisations to speed up action on existing priorities. New rules on the offshore use of chemicals were also adopted, and next steps agreed in a programme to combat eutrophication.

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