Heads in the sand over Europe’s most dangerous chemicals

Publication - May 11, 2010
At least five national governments are failing to protect citizens and aquatic ecosystems from a highly toxic, gender-bending industrial chemical, according to a new Greenpeace report. Such disregard over nonylphenol (NP) is typical of their attitude towards other dangerous water-based chemicals, said Greenpeace.

Author: Lead author: Stefan Scheuer

Executive summary: The report, Heads in the sand over Europe’s most dangerous chemicals, finds that the Czech Republic, Germany, the UK, Slovakia and Spain are failing to oversee the phase out of NP, which accumulates in the bodies of aquatic animals and stunts fertility in mammals and other life. They also risk failing the maximum permitted concentration level which comes into force in 2015. Such lack of action leaves national authorities open to legal action.

Num. pages: 11