The European Commission has bowed to pressure from industry and is set to abandon plans to ban PFAS and other chemicals it deems to be dangerous, according to The Guardian.
PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances) is a “forever chemical” that accumulates in the body and damages health, campaigners argue. It is widely used in industry, which says that no alternatives are available. The rail industry warned in May that PFAS is essential in trains and signaling systems (Financial Times).
The proposed EU ban had caused widespread concern in the UK as well as in Europe.
Financial Times, behind paywall: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jul/11/eu-to-drop-ban-of-hazardous-chemicals-after-industry-pressure