Posts Tagged ‘REACH’

Global negotiation on chemicals offer hope for developing countries…and the world

November 4, 2011 1 comment

By David Azoulay

David Azoulay, Senior Attorney

Hundreds of government delegates will join representatives of intergovernmental organizations, health and environmental advocates, as well as business groups in Belgrade, Serbia November 15-18 to improve the management of toxic chemicals. The Belgrade meeting, known as an Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), sets the stage for the Third International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3) in September 2013.

Both events are part of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), a broad global agreement to improve policies and practices. Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary Read more…


A Bipartisan Crossroads on Global Toxics?

January 7, 2011 3 comments

By Daryl Ditz

Last month, the feisty lame duck Congress heeded a bipartisan chorus of advice, from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton, in voting to ratify a new nuclear weapons treaty to reduce the risks of dangerous materials falling into the wrong hands. Could the new Congress find bipartisan agreement to ratify a global treaty to reduce the risks of the “worst of the worst” toxic chemicals?

The answer hinges on whether Congress can decide how to upgrade the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a law so weak and toothless it leaves the United States sidelined in the international chemicals arena. The nub of the issue is that under TSCA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is nearly powerless to regulate dangerous chemicals, even when the rest of the world has taken action. To ratify the POPs treaty, we have to strengthen this obsolete law.

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The Long REACH of Chemical Information

December 1, 2010 2 comments

By Daryl Ditz

December 1, 2010 marks the beginning of a new chapter for REACH, the flagship European Union (EU) law affecting thousands of industrial chemicals … with important implications for the United States and other countries. Beginning today, companies operating in the EU cannot make or import high-volume, or certain high-hazard, chemicals unless they have been “registered,” which requires submitting basic safety data to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

The rationale of registration is summed up by the catchphrase “no data, no market.” In other words, from this point forward it will be illegal to manufacture, import or use such chemicals within the EU, a market which now numbers 500 million consumers, unless companies provide necessary information on health hazards, human exposures and safety. This requirement now applies to chemicals produced or imported above 1,000 metric tons per year, as well as smaller volume chemicals identified as causing cancer, birth defects or reproductive damage.

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