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Parliamentary questions
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20 February 2019
E-000925-19
Question for written answer E-000925-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jaromír Kohlíček (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Classification of titanium dioxide
 Answer in writing 

The Commission has proposed the classification of titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a suspected carcinogen.

In the wake of such a classification, the residues from common activities such as painting or redecorating buildings will be considered as hazardous waste, as will anything containing more than 1% of TiO2.

1. Is the Commission aware that every simple interior wall of a building that is demolished would then have to be handled like asbestos?

2. Who is expected to handle such hazardous waste management?

This classification of TiO2 will affect all of the other 300 ‘poorly soluble, low toxicity’ (PSLT) substances, including Carbon Black, which is the colour black.

3. Is the Commission aware that should this be the case, all colours and paints will disappear from the market?

Last updated: 5 March 2019Legal notice