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  • Batteries in Germany exceed new EU toxic metal limits

    Levels of toxic metals in batteries were not immediately reduced in line with new limits imposed by EU regulations, according to a survey from Germany. The study focuses on concentrations of toxic metals contained in batteries sold in Germany in 2010 and 2011, but its authors say the results are relevant to other EU countries. The EU Batteries Directive1 sets limits for the content of hazardous ...

  • BERR appoints batteries enforcement authority

    The Business and Economics Minister, Ian Pearson, has appointed the National Weights and Measurements Laboratory (NWML) as the body responsible for enforcing the Batteries Regulations. The NWML is an executive agency of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. It has operated on a net running cost agency basis since April 1996. Pearson said: 'Building on its experience and ...

  • Mercury spotlight: The toxic lamps that shall not be turned off

    The most recent call by the UN to phase out mercury-added products by 2020 is poised to give lawmakers and a handful of powerful companies a headache. This week, Mauro Anastasio looks into the long-standing battle to ban fluorescent lamps in the EU. Batteries, thermometers, fluorescent lamps, cosmetics and other products containing mercury have their days numbered, the UN Environment Programme ...

  • September infringements package: main decisions

    In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law. These decisions covering many sectors aim at ensuring proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses. The Commission has taken today 220 decisions, including 32 reasoned opinions and 6 ...

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