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FROM VOLUME 3, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1990
WEST GERMANY, NETHERLANDS BAN CFCs EARLY
Just before the June 1990
meeting to revise the Montreal Protocol, West Germany announced intentions to
ban most domestic uses and production of chlorofluorocarbons by 1995, in gradual
steps starting in 1991. Shortly thereafter, the Netherlands announced a similar
phase-out. West Germany and other countries pressed for a world-wide ban by 1997
at the protocol review, although the final deadline adopted was 2000 at the
insistence of the United States, Japan and the Soviet Union. A number of other
parties to the protocol intend to eliminate CFCs by 1997 anyway. (See Chem.
Week, p. 24, June 13, 1990; New Scientist, p. 24, June 9; Intl.
Environ. Rptr., p. 313, July and p. 227, June.)
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