23 June 2004 17:48 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--Seventy-nine percent of the British population are concerned about the build-up of chemicals in their bodies and in wildlife, according to an opinion poll conducted by Ipsos for environment pressure group WWF.
The poll results were released on Wednesday, two days before the close of the ?xml:namespace>
A total of 6082 people were interviewed in the EU's six most populated countries:
It showed that 83% of Europeans were 'very concerned' or 'slightly concerned' about the build-up of chemicals in the bodies of people and wildlife, said WWF.
The opinion poll also revealed that 74% of people in
Across the EU countries polled, the percentage of people willing to pay Euro1 more per year for everyday household products stood at 68%.
Euro1 per EU resident per year over eleven years is the cost calculated by the European Commission (EC) of implementing the Reach system.
WWF chemicals and health campaign leader Justin Woolford said: "Public concern on chemical contamination is overwhelming and politicians cannot ignore it in their response to Reach. It's time to bring to a close the chapter on the contamination of our world with hazardous chemicals.”
He stressed: “The UK government must stand firm against fierce lobbying by the chemical industry to water down these regulations."
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