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Crop spraying: chemicals are part of everyday life in Europe, but so far there is no EU oversight of potential health risks (Photo: Wikipedia)

EU set for crackdown on toxic chemicals in REACH law endgame

Pro-green MEPs are building momentum for stronger substitution rules on toxic substances as the EU's landmark chemicals bill - REACH - heads into its final legislative stage, but the EU chemicals industry lobby and US diplomats still stand in the way.

Seven years in the making and due to come into force next April, the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals [REACH] law is set to impose a raft of new public health safeguards on some 30,000 chemicals used in household ite...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Crop spraying: chemicals are part of everyday life in Europe, but so far there is no EU oversight of potential health risks (Photo: Wikipedia)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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