The European Union Council of Ministers has approved changes to the region’s end-of-life vehicle directive, allowing auto makers to use toxic compounds that are banned in principle by the legislation. Lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium only can be used in vehicle materials and components when specifically approved by the EU. However, the EU now is allowing additional flexibility, especially regarding lead. For instance, lead content up to 1.5% by weight will be permitted in ...

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