Curbs on PCB substitutes

EC restrictions on three chemicals developed as substitutes for the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in electrical and hydraulic applications have been implemented in Britain by regulations which take effect from 31 July.1

The new rules implement a 1991 EC Directive which amended for the eleventh time the 1976 Directive on the marketing and use of dangerous substances and preparations.

The 1991 Directive was introduced primarily due to Dutch complaints about the contamination of the Rhine with Ugilec 141, a chlorinated compound used in German coal mines as a hydraulic fluid. The substance was developed as a PCB substitute by the French company Atochem. But

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