WWF steps up its toxic chemical campaign

WWF is expanding its UK toxic chemicals campaign to Europe, signalling an escalation in the battle between environmental NGOs and the chemical industry over draft EU regulations on chemical testing.

Environmental charities are calling for the swift adoption of the EU's proposed regime for the testing, registration and authorisation of chemicals that will restrict the use of chemicals in consumer products.

The proposed legislation has been attacked by the European Chemicals Industry Council, which claims that it will create a bureaucratic system that would endanger the competitiveness of the European chemical industry.

WWF's toxic chemicals programme, which was launched by the UK branch last year, is being rebranded as the 'Detox campaign' and launched by the charity's European offices.

To help raise awareness and support for the campaign, the European offices have published a report, Causes for concern: Chemicals and Wildlife. In the report the charity claims that many chemicals used for manufacturing consumer products, such as food packaging and plastic bottles, is killing wildlife across Europe including whales, seals and falcons.

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