Launch for halon bank

Industry and government have joined forces to set up a halon bank which will provide information on the availability of halon supplies and recycling and disposal services when production of the chemicals is banned later this year.

Halons are the most potent of all the ozone-depleting chemicals. The main substances in commerce, Halons 1211 and 1301, are mostly used in portable and fixed fire-extinguishing systems. Under the Montreal Protocol, which was revised last November, production and consumption are to cease by the end of 1993, except for "essential" uses.

Friends of the Earth and the UK's only halon producer, ICI, called on the Government almost a year ago to

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