Environment & Energy Report

European Union Court Rejects Endocrine Disruptor Appeal

Jan. 24, 2019, 8:24 PM

The European Union’s top court dismissed an attempt by a chemicals company to overturn a decision identifying one of its products as an endocrine-disrupting chemical.

DEZA AS, based in the Czech Republic, had argued that a 2014 European Chemicals Agency decision to label the plasticizer bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) as an endocrine disruptor—chemicals that interfere with the hormone system—went beyond what was allowed under the European Union’s REACH law (Regulation No. 1907/2006 on the registration, evaluation, and authorization of chemicals).

DEZA already lost one case against the endocrine disruptor designation. The EU General Court, the bloc’s lower...

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