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E-M:/ Chemicals Policy Briefing, Fri. Sept. 19

Title: Chemicals Policy Briefing, Fri. Sept. 19
Please join us to learn about innovative European initiatives and their implications here. The briefing is free and lunch will be provided.  RSVP is requested but not required.

Emerging European Chemicals Policies:
Implications and Opportunities for Michigan

Friday, September 19, 2003, from 12:00 (Noon) to 1:30 p.m.
Room 810, Farnum Building, 125 W. Allegan St., Lansing, MI

A policy briefing by Dr. Joel Tickner.

The briefing is co-sponsored by Senator Liz Brater,  Representative Chris Kolb, the Ecology Center and Michigan Environmental Council.

About the policy briefing:

The European Commission has proposed a sweeping new chemicals policy called Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals - REACH. A broad change in chemicals management policies in Europe is inevitable which will ultimately affect manufacturers in the United States.  What opportunities does this create for comprehensive chemicals policy in the US? What effects will it have on US manufacturers?

While the details of these proposals are still uncertain, it is in the best interests of forward-looking governments and companies to foresee these changes and begin to institute integrated chemicals policy approaches in this country.  A proactive approach to chemicals policy provides great opportunities for firms to innovate in safer and cleaner chemicals and products and to gain market advantage among the growing market for less-toxic products.
Learn about the innovative chemicals policies being proposed in Europe, and their implications for U.S. manufacturers, as well as the opportunities this legislation presents.

About Joel Tickner:

Dr. Joel Tickner is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he is also a Principal Investigator at the Lowell Center For Sustainable Production. He is an expert on regulatory policy regarding toxic substances, pollution prevention, risk assessment and science policy.

He has served as an advisor and researcher for several government agencies, the World Health Organization, non-profit environmental groups and trade unions both in the U.S. and abroad during the past ten years. He regularly lectures, speaks at conferences and professional meetings, publishes and conducts trainings on the topics of pollution prevention, risk assessment, toxic chemicals policy, and uncertainty and the precautionary principle.

RSVPs are encouraged though not required.  For more information, contact the Ecology Center at 734-663-2400 ext 108, or email marybeth@ecocenter.org.

About the Ecology Center

The Ecology Center is a regional nonprofit organization which promotes a just and healthy environment through grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and demonstration projects.  The Center is also the parent organization of Recycle Ann Arbor.

About the Michigan Environmental Council

Founded in 1980, the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) now represents over 65 environmental, public health and faith-based organizations. MEC, in collaboration with its member groups, works to provide an effective voice for the environment at the local, state and federal levels.


Mary Beth Doyle, MPH
Environmental Health Project
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104

734-663-2400 ext 108
734-663-2414 (fax)