MEPs want all endocrine disrupters banned from pesticides

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Greenpeace activists perform a mock action of spraying fake pesticides during a protest at Schuman Square near the European Institution headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 08 February 2017.

MEPs want all endocrine disrupters banned from pesticides


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The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has called for a veto of the European Commission’s proposal to exempt some chemicals from the scope of criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in pesticides.

In a resolution voted on September 28, the MEPs agreed that the Commission exceeded its mandate by proposing to exempt some substances, such as pesticides deliberately designed to attack a target organism’s endocrine system, from the scope of scientific criteria for identifying endocrine disrupters.

This exemption would mean that certain substances with an endocrine disrupting effect could not be included in the scope of scientific criteria being developed for the purpose of regulating endocrine disrupters.

Under EU law, an active substance can be approved only if it is not considered to have endocrine-disrupting properties on non-target organisms.

As for the Environment Committee’s resolution, it was adopted with 36 votes to 26. It will be put to a vote during the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg next week.

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