OECD action on risks from lead may set precedent for chemicals

A new international agreement to phase out some uses of lead could result from the first stage in an OECD pilot programme on risk reduction of existing chemicals. The lead industry insists that an international phase-out plan is unjustified, and would set an unwelcome precedent for chemicals to be examined in the future. But expanding trade in lead products is prompting some OECD countries to insist that international controls are necessary.

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