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Re: E-M:/ US Braces for European Chemical Policy



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Enviro-Mich message from "Larry D. =?iso-8859-1?b?Tm9vZOlu?=" <ldnum@umich.edu>
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Actually, the EU's laws are not the world's strictest toxic chemicals laws. Sweden had stricter laws, especially for food additives, and had to lower their standards when they joined the EU.

These regulations which protect the public are long overdue in the US, and their absence is a mute testimony to the political power of special interests (and lack of public education) in the US.

Quoting Tracey Easthope <tracey@ecocenter.org>:

Hello Enviro-Michers,

Michigan companies have substantial markets in Europe, and in order to maintain those markets, they will need to comply with the most far-reaching chemical law in the world - REACH. REACH is scheduled to come into force in June of 2007. Some US companies lobbied to weaken that proposed law, and are continuing to be engaged in implementation. While progressive companies move beyond compliance to create their own chemicals policies, and to meet the new requirements to secure markets, laggard trade associations continue to fight needed reforms to the way we regulate industrial chemicals here and abroad.

"U.S.chemical manufacturers are bracing for the implementation this year of the European Union's new chemicals policy -- the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) program, which is widely regarded as the world's strictest toxic chemicals law and a significant driver for companies everywhere to adopt greener products in order to do business in the European market"

Inside Green Business

January 3, 2007


INDUSTRY BRACES FOR NEW EU POLICY DRIVING GREEN CHEMISTRY


U.S.chemical manufacturers are bracing for the implementation this year of the European Union's new chemicals policy -- the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) program, which is widely regarded as the world's strictest toxic chemicals law and a significant driver for companies everywhere to adopt greener products in order to do business in the European market.

The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA), representing specialty chemical manufacturers, announced Dec. 13 -- the day after the European Parliament passed REACH -- that it would expand its chemical consortium management services to cover the new law. That decision is a response to U.S.companies that say REACH "will be a big deal," says a SOCMA source.

A source with the American ChemistryCouncil (ACC), which represents large chemical manufacturers, says that in the chemical regulation area, REACH will be a pressing issue in the coming year, even though the regulations are three to four years away.

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...guidance on the substitution principle has yet to be written, and ACC will engage in that debate..."There's a concern that as the U.S. revisits TSCA [Toxic Substances Control Act] it could be reinvented as REACH," an outcome domestic chemical manufacturers want to avoid, this source adds..."




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