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ECHA- Clay Targets now under the spolight

  • 05-08-2021 5:45pm
    Registered Users Posts: 3,068 ✭✭✭ cavan shooter

    Just looking at the ECHA (European Chemical Agency) Website and found the following

    Committees raise concern over persistent and toxic chemical in clay targets


    ECHA’s scientific committees raise serious concerns over industry’s applications to continue using coal tar pitch, high temperature in the manufacture of clay targets. Clay targets or clay pigeons are breakable targets used in sports shooting. Coal tar pitch, high temperature (CTPHT) contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which break down slowly in the environment, build up in humans and animals and are toxic (PBT/vPvB). They may also cause cancer.

    The Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) estimated that continued use of CTPHT in clay targets will pollute our environment each year with several hundred tonnes of PAHs. There are also health risks to people through the environment, for example through food. Moreover, there are alternatives available to using CTPHT in clay targets.

    Because of these reasons, the committees raised substantial concerns over the use of CTPHT in clay targets in their opinions – adopted in the December meetings. The Commission will take these opinions into consideration when preparing its decision – in consultation with Member States – whether to grant or refuse the authorisation.

    ECHA is investigating the need to prepare a restriction proposal to address the risks of CTPHT in products, particularly clay targets, that are placed on the market or imported into the EU.

    Interesting to see will they go the way of lead.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,330 ✭✭✭✭ Grizzly 45

    Of course they will go the way of lead. This is another topic that has been mooted and bandied about for the last 3or4 years...But has been treated so far as "Nah,it will be fine!" Eu wide.

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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 27,534 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Cass

    Fine, until its not.

    Death by a thousand cuts. We'll wake up in ten years wondering how we only have 22 rifles, and only if you can afford the exorbitant fee it costs each year to keep.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 545 ✭✭✭ berettaman

    They are using any means necessary to take firearms out of the hands of normal folks.

    This is just an excuse..