SURFING'S CHEMICAL SISTERS TACKLE TOXIC CHEMICAL THREAT AT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Male SAS campaigners in wetsuits and carrying surfboards cross dress at European Parliament to highlight the hormone disrupting nature of many of today's toxic chemicals.

A delegation of surfers from clean and safe water campaigners Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) were in Strasbourg yesterday for a key European Parliament vote on new legislation that would better protect both human health and the water environment from toxic chemicals used in everyday household products.

The European Parliament is to vote on a proposed new law known as REACH, which stands for Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals. The new law, which would apply to all EU countries, will determine a new regulatory system that ensures a safer future for people and wildlife from the toxic threats of certain chemicals.

SAS campaigners travelled from Cornwall to join other European environment groups in a large action co-ordinated by WWF to ensure politicians did not attempt to water down the proposed legislation by reducing the lack of control in properly regulating the most hazardous of chemicals - those that are very persistent, very bioaccumulative or hormone disrupting.

Many of these chemicals are found in everyday household cleaning products such as handwash, washing detergent and shampoos. Not only do chemicals in these products cause wildlife chaos bypassing sewage treatment works to become 'bioaccumulating toxic cocktails' in the water environment but they have also been found to be hormone disruptors and linked to reproductive abnormalities in boys.

Richard Hardy, SAS Campaigns Director says: "SAS were delighted to be part of a huge pan-European 'No to Toxic Chemicals' campaign force in Strasbourg this week. We hope the European Parliament will recognise widespread public support for a phase out of toxic chemicals and implement a far reaching Chemicals Directive that both protects public health and the water environment from the destructive nature of such chemicals".