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Sweden to Get Tough on Lingering Compounds

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Science  01 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5497, pp. 1663-1666
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5497.1663b

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STOCKHOLM-- A Swedish government panel has called for banning from commerce any substance that persists in the environment and accumulates in organisms. The guidelines also place a heavier burden on industry to prove that a chemical is safe, whether it's a new compound or one that has been on the market for decades. The guidelines represent a long-sought victory for scientists who have fought to see the rules adopted.