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MEPs reject 'gender bending' chemical

10 November, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed the objection of an EU Commission decision to authorise the use of chemical DEHP in PVC.

A member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee that voted to object the draft proposal, Ms Boylan said,

"DEHP is a well-known toxic substance and as a phthalate, is a group of "gender bending" chemicals which have disrupted the endocrine systems of humans and wildlife, causing breast and testicular cancers, birth malformations and infertility.

"It is widely used in everyday products in a very wide range of PVC consumer articles, such as textiles, furniture, shoes, building materials etc however, safer alternatives are available including alternative substances, materials, processes and technologies.

"Therefore I am delighted that the European Commission's draft decision to authorise this chemical was opposed by 58 votes to 5 in a meeting of the ENVI committee. Avoiding the risk of male infertility is more important than cheap plastic goods for which there are safer substitutes.

"The draft will now go to vote at the plenary session in Strasbourg next month, where I would urge all MEPs to ratify our objection." ENDS

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