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Title: First list of bad chemicals released by European Union
Hello Enviro-Mich,

The European Union is the first major region to totally revamp their regulations related to industrial chemicals.  As the largest market in the world, and a significant market for US-made and Michigan-made products, the new legislation called REACH will have implications here.

Eventually, when the list is finalized, companies seeking to use these substances will be required to seek permission for their continued use, demonstrating that there are no alternatives; that they can be used safely; or that there is a compelling socio-economic need for their use. The goal of the authorization process is that problem chemicals should be substituted with safer alternatives wherever feasible.  The first draft list of high hazard substances has been posted on-line with a link and the list below.

First pre-listing of high-hazard substances from REACH

A list of 16 substances that have been suggested by EU member states for the authorisation procedure has just been published by the European Chemicals Agency.  The list and draft Annex XV dossiers are available at http://echa.europa.eu/consultations/authorisation/svhc/svhc_cons_en.asp

Here is the full list:
4,4'- Diaminodiphenylmethane
Dibutyl phthalate      
Cobalt dichloride
Diarsenic pentaoxide
Diarsenic trioxide
Sodium dichromate, dihydrate
5-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinitro-m-xylene (musk xylene)
Bis (2-ethyl(hexyl)phthalate) (DEHP)
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)
Alkanes, C10-13, chloro (Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins)
Lead hydrogen arsenate
Triethyl arsenate
Benzyl butyl phthalate

Two halogenated fire retardants in the list are:
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)  used in insulation and fabric back-coating
Alkanes, C10-13, chloro (Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins) are used as fire retardant additives in polyester resins, polyurethanes (not in furniture foam), and polyolefins.

Three Phthalates are on the list:
DBP Dibutyl phthalate
Benzyl butyl phthalate
Bis (2-ethyl(hexyl)phthalate) (DEHP)


And another list will be released soon:

Chemsec launch of the REACH SIN* List (*Substitute It Now!)

In order to ensure a strict implementation of the REACH Authorisation procedure, ChemSec (in collaboration with leading Environmental, Womenís, Consumer and Labour NGOs in Europe and beyond) has developed the REACH SIN* List (Substitute It Now!). All substances on the REACH SIN* List are Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) and they all fulfil the official criteria laid out in REACH.
The REACH SIN* List will be launched at the ChemSec Substitution Conference, 17 September in Brussels, Belgium.
Information on the launch
Information about the REACH SIN* List