STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — A controversial report, presented to the Swedish government, recommends that the Scandinavian country phase out production and use of PVC by 2007.
The report's authors argue that the long-term health and environmental effects of PVC are still uncertain, that landfilled PVC can leave hazardous degraded products and concludes that the polymer does not fit into the ecocycle.
The 350-page Swedish Chemical Commission study, produced by a five-member committee that included politicians and technical advisors, has drawn fierce condemnation from European PVC manufacturers.
The European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers in Brussels, Belgium, has dismissed the Swedish report as a ``politically motivated attack on PVC.''
``This report, which ignores the outcome of independent scientific study, must not be allowed to frighten consumers, jeopardize jobs and threaten the continued use of products which have proven to be safe, environmentally sound and cost-effective,'' said ECVM Director John Svalander.
The report was submitted to Sweden's environment minister, Anna Lindh, in Stockholm.
Svalander said the commission ignored views and recommendations of respected organizations, including the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, and independent researchers, such as the Swedish National Chemicals Inspectorate.
The report's claim that there is insufficient knowledge of the long-term environmental and health effects of the use of PVC ignores years of detailed study, Svalander said.