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FRIDGE MOUNTAIN: ENVIRONMENT MINISTER BLAMES EUROPE

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The European Commission is to blame for the fridge mountain in the UK, ...
The European Commission is to blame for the fridge mountain in the UK,

environment minister Michael Meacher told BBC Radio Four's Today programme

this morning.

The UK had asked the EC in February 1999 as to whether CFCs had to be

removed from the foam in fridges, but got no clear answer until June 2001.

'I entirely agree it was far too late', Mr Meacher said.

'The commission, in its management committee, must deal with queries much

sooner. I hold them wholly responsible for the problem that we've got', he

told Today. The lesson is that the EC should have a proper regulatory

assessment of the full technical implications of implementing every piece of

EU legislation, he said.

* see LGCnetfor 'WHITEHALL ATTACKED FOR FRIDGE MOUNTAIN BLUNDERS'

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