Textile finishers demand more time for pesticide clean-up

The issue of pentachlorophenol (PCP) discharges from the textile finishing industry, which disappeared from view some months ago, has come back on the agenda with a vengeance. Faced with an impending crack-down on PCP discharges to sewer, the industry is lobbying for yet another extension of the deadline for eliminating the problem - and is warning of massive job losses if its demands are not met.

The PCP problem emerged in 1989 (ENDS Report 186, pp 14-17) during an official survey of PCP levels in river water. The survey was needed to ensure that the UK was in compliance with a 1986 EC Directive which required - under the implementation option selected by the Government - that annual average PCP concentrations did not exceed 2µg/l after January 1988.

Unexpectedly, higher levels were found in several rivers in north-west Engl

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