Ahead of next weeks REACH committee meeting, where members will vote and potentially adopt the Commissions draft decision to authorise the use of lead chromates, NGO’s ChemSec and IPEN have sent a letter to the Committee calling on the members to reject authorisation.
The reasons for rejecting authorisation are illustrated in the letter by three main points.
- The Commission’s draft decision, which forms the base for the final committee decision, disregards the fact that there are known alternatives to lead chromates available.
- The human and environmental risks entailed with authorisation are high.
- Authorisation would create an unacceptable precedent for REACH, and harm the global movement to eliminate lead chromates in paint.
“We are deeply concerned about the looming possibility of authorisation in this case. It would not only would be a mistake from an environmental standpoint, but it would also be a big blow to European industry who already put a lot of time, effort and resources into substituting the substances in question”, says Frida Hök, ChemSec Senior Policy Advisor.