In a letter to the EU, industry groups warn against hastily classifying lithium carbonate, lithium hydroxide, and lithium chloride as reprotoxic. Yet that is precisely the recommendation of the ECHA Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) of the EU Commission, whose expert groups are now studying the proposal.
The authors of the letter warn that the limited amount of data available does not justify such a far-reaching decision. They also warn about the economic impacts. If the use of lithium salts were limited or even halted, the transition to clean energy would suffer negative effects, given that production of electric batteries and electric vehicles require lithium salts. In addition, they fear competitive disadvantages in favor of non-EU companies that are not required to observe EU requirements.
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