Four years ago, the EU Commission granted the Canada-based paint manufacturer Dominion Colour Corporation (DCC) authorisation to use toxic lead chromates in red and yellow paint pigments. According to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the company will not reapply for permission to continue selling these pigments in Europe beyond May 2022, when its current authorisation expires.
On 7 March 2019, the European Court of Justice annulled an authorisation granted under REACH. For this reason, ChemSec and ClientEarth joined forces in a new report that aims to analyse the judgement and translate it into concrete actions for the future.
One of the biggest democratic exercises in the world is approaching rapidly. More than 400 million people from 28 different countries will vote in this month’s European Parliament elections. Or at least they should, especially if they care about progressive chemicals policies.
The socio-economic analysis, in its current form, does not paint the whole picture. And it is absolutely necessary for the EU Commission to see the whole picture when deciding on whether or not to grant an authorisation. Otherwise, this procedure threatens to counteract the very aim of REACH.
Two legislative never-ending stories regarding authorisation to use of the cancer-causing chemical chromium trioxide are finally coming to an end. Two applications – one from the company Gerhardi and one from a whole slew of companies spearheaded by chemical manufacturer Lanxess – got the REACH Committee’s green light last week to continue using chromium trioxide in a wide range of products.
ChemSec and its partner organisations are continuing the fight against the use of two chemicals of high concern in paints.
The turn of the year is approaching fast and all over the world media outlets are reviewing the year that went by.
Who says chemicals can’t be interesting? Not us, anyway.
So without further ado, here’s ChemSec’s year in review, listing some memorable events of 2018.
Today, the European Parliament voted on the matter in plenary, and a great majority voted in favour of a resolution – in other words, against granting an authorisation.