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Strict MMT limit justified, says ECJ

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The EU’s highest court has used the precautionary principle to reject a complaint from an American company that had wanted to make it easier to put a metallic additive into fuel.

The company, Afton, complained that EU was unfairly limiting the amount of a manganese compound called MMT that can be added to petrol sold in Europe. But the European Court of Justice ruled earlier this month that restrictions on its use are lawful, due to the absence of ‘adequate and reliable data’ on the risk MMT poses to human health and damage to car engines.