EC moves to ban PAH-rich extenders in tyres by 2008

By Patrick Raleigh ERJ On-line news editor

Brussels-The European Commission has adopted a proposal to phase out the marketing and use of many polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) extender oils for the production of tyres.

The ban, which covers extenders containing over 10mg/kg of listed PAHs will take effect from the end of 2008, the EC announced 16 Feb. PAH-rich extender oils are particularly important for the production of summer tyres and high-speed rated tyres.

The Commission’s proposal is intended to improve public health protection, according to Erkki…

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