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European Parliament rejects proposal to allow recycling of plastics containing DEHP

9:12 AM MST | November 25, 2015 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Parliament has voted in a resolution against a proposal for recycling plastics containing diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP). The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, had earlier proposed authorization of plastics containing DEHP to be recycled into new items such as footwear and floor coverings. DEHP is added to rigid plastics, such as poly(vinyl chloride)(PVC) as a softener. MEPs are against the commission proposal “because [DEHP] poses a reproductive toxicity threat to exposed workers and could render their male...

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