By Patrick Raleigh, ERJ On-line news editor
Brussels-European Commission proposals to end the use of polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-rich (PAH-rich) extender oils in tyres by the end of 2008 are unworkable, according to rubber industry group BLIC (Bureau de Liaison des Industries Caoutchouc).
The EC ban covers extenders containing over 10mg/kg of listed PAHs. Such additives have already been phased out of winter passenger car tyres and truck & bus tyres-in response to concerns about their potential toxicity.
PAH-rich oils are, however, still important for the production of summer…