Anti-paraquat demonstraton at a chemical congress in Basel

Moves Against Mercury and Paraquat

The Swedish government is extending the ban on mercury.

Mercury is already banned in agriculture, but the Ministry for Sustainable Development says it is taking steps to include other uses, such as in batteries, gold extraction, and dental fillings.

The new ban is to come into effect on January 1, 2007.

The government is also taking legal action against the European Commission to block use of the pesticide paraquat. The toxic chemical has been illegal here since 1983, but the EU approved its use two years ago.

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