Banned chemical set to be cleared for use in EU

Chromium VI is likely to be approved for particular uses in the EU, despite being banned under the REACH regulations in September 2017.

The cancer-causing chemical, made famous in 1993 when Erin Brockovich took US utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company to court over its use, is widely applied as a shiny metallic plating on cosmetics packaging, jewellery and car parts.

However, this week, the European Commission is to ask member states to rubber stamp its use for particular applications, in some cases until 2029, following a positive recommendation by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA).

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