EU Lowers Threshold Value for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Granules and Mulches

The EU has lowered the threshold for the total concentration of eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in granules and mulches from 100 mg/kg or 1,000 mg/kg in mixtures to 20 mg/kg (corresponding to 0.002% by weight). The EU legislated the change in EU Regulation 2021/1199, published on July 21. Stakeholders have until August 10 to take the appropriate steps to comply with the regulation.  

Artificial turf is one of the main usages of rubber granules, where they function as a filling material. Granules and mulches are also used as coatings for the widest varieties of sporting and other venues, such as playgrounds, golf courses, athletics facilities, hiking trails, and rifle ranges. Used tires are the primary source of such granules and mulches and usually contain PAHs. The eight PAHs in question are listed as carcinogens in Annex VI of REACH, and therefore must be restricted.  

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