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EU proposes ban on detergent phosphates

November 05, 2010
"The commission's proposal to ban phosphates in laundry detergents will ensure that European citizens benefit from an increased water quality of their lakes, rivers and marine waters while keeping European companies at the forefront of this sector,"
- Antonio Tajani, the industrial commissioner and vice president of the European Commission

A European-wide ban on phosphates in laundry detergents would bring holistic improvements to water quality in the European Union, the EU government said.

Antonio Tajani, the industrial commissioner and vice president of the European Commission, said he was proposing a ban on the use of phosphates and phosphate-containing compounds in laundry detergents in the EU.

Phosphates discharged into waters create algae blooms, or eutrophication, that could deplete oxygen levels. Detergents are the third-greatest source of phosphates after agriculture and sewage.

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