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EU mulls "polluter pays" Directive

The EU agrochemical industry must act to favourably influence national implementation by member states and the 2010 review of the EU Environmental Liability Directive (2004/35). If not, the industry faces serious challenges, suggested Steptoe & Johnson barrister, Darren Abrahams, at the AgChem Forum conference in Berlin, Germany, in September. The Directive, which is based on the "polluter pays" principle, covers environmental damage caused by genetically modified organisms, pesticides and other chemicals. It came into force in 2004 and EU member states had three years to transpose it into national law (Agrow No 519, p 7).

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