Rachel's Precaution Reporter #13

"Foresight and Precaution, in the News and in the World"

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Table of Contents Edition

European Parliament OKs Watered-Down Rules on Chemical Safety
  Europe's long-awaited chemicals policy, known as REACH, is enacted, 
  though in substantially-weakened form.
Europe's New REACH Chemicals Policy Is an Important Step Forward
  Europe's precautionary chemicals policy will require safety testing
  of 10,000 common chemicals.
Huge New Health Benefits Claimed for REACH Policy
  Europe's precautionary chemicals policy will pay for itself by
  producing substantial health benefits, which translate into large 
  monetary savings, a study finds.
Right-Wingers Say U.S. Should Not Adopt European Laws
  Europe's REACH chemicals policy will affect U.S. corporations selling 
  in the European market. Right-wing extremists fear that Europe's 
  embrace of a broader precautionary approach will creep across the


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