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EEB slams battery fudge

The EU's batteries agreement has been criticised by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB). Europe's environment ministers reached an agreement before Christmas on phasing out the use of cadmium and setting recycling targets. But cadmium is only to be banned in portable applications, with further exemptions for those used in power tools. And the EEB's review of the Dutch presidency, which ran for the last six months of 2004, expressed the pressure group's disappointment ...