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PAN Europe: new report on derogation for soil fumigation: Metam

HEAL member Pesticide Action Network Europe has just published a report on the “essential use” of the soil fumigant Metam Sodium. After a first report which showed that derogations and loopholes are standard in EU pesticides policy, making it possible for EU Member States to continue to use pesticides which have been banned, the new report highlights this practice for Metam and shows the intransparent decision-making on this. EU Member States continue to use Metam Sodium for “essential use” even though it was banned in 2009. Read more here. HEAL will also be writing a letter to the Commission on this matter.

Originally posted on 15 December 2011

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