THE EUROPEAN Commission is taking the French government to the European Court of Justice for failing to implement directive 1999/51/EC, which tightens restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances, namely pentachlorophenol (PCP) and other organostannic compounds which can be used as anti-fouling agents on ships. The law bans the use of PCP in many EU Member States, although it grants some temporary exceptions to some countries, including France. Nonetheless, the Commission says Paris failed to write the directive into ...

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