EC curbs on PCP implemented

Regulations to curb the supply and use of the pesticide pentachlorophenol (PCP) came into force across Britain on 31 January.1 Their main impact will be to terminate the amateur use of PCP as a timber treatment, and to restrict the use of PCP-treated timber to applications where the chemical is unlikely to put humans or animals at risk.

The regulations implement a 1991 EC Directive (ENDS Report 195, pp 34-35), which should have been brought into effect on 1 July 1992.

The rules impose a general prohibition on the marketing and use of substances and preparations containing more than 0.1% by weight of PCP. Specified derogations from this ban are then permitted, provided that the PCP contains less than 4ppm of hexachlorodibenzodioxin.

The authorised uses of PCP are the

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