Updated March 16, 2018 12:21:48A major chemical firm is facing legal action from the Australian Government after it said it would stop producing toxic chemical dyes.
Key points:Chemical dye manufacturer Ophira has sued the Federal Government and Australian Chemicals Board (ACB) in the Federal Circuit over its planned closuresChemical dyes are used to create paints and other finishes.
A recent report by the ABC found there is a lack of regulation of chemicals in AustraliaChemical companies say the move will cost jobs and damage jobsA new industry body has warned of potential risks to Australian jobs after the Government announced plans to close a major chemical company, and the Federal Chemicals Agency said it will not enforce its ban on the chemicals it is banning.
Chemical firm Ophir said in a statement on Monday that it will now focus on the production of a range of paints and coatings that can be applied to vehicles, buildings and other surfaces.
It said it is now reviewing its supply chain, and it is also evaluating its ability to meet future regulatory requirements.
The move comes after the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was suspending the use of the toxic dye in paint, paint thinner and paint for other products.
The chemical industry has been under intense scrutiny since a recent study by the University of Queensland, which found there was a lack in regulation of the chemicals.
The Australian Government said the move would be necessary in order to protect the Australian economy and people’s health.
Chemicals and their use have been linked to several health problems, including cancer and birth defects.
The Federal Government said it had asked the Australian Chemists Association to review its proposed use of toxic chemicals.
Topics:environmental-impact,environmental,environment-management,government-and-politics,industry,industries,environment,toxic-chemicals,melbourne-3000,vicSource: ABC News