Rachel's Precaution Reporter #59

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

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European Parliament Strengthens REACH; Business Grows Anxious
  Latest news on REACH: The phase out of toxic chemicals as supported
  in the [European] Parliament's Environment Committee is causing
  anxiety among business organisations but has been welcomed by health
  organisations, environmental groups and trade unions.
EU Sets Stage for Fight on Chemicals
  The REACH legislation has become the most dramatic example of
  Europe's "precautionary principle" of regulation. In contrast to the
  U.S. approach, it requires businesses to show that the substances they
  put on the market are safe, rather than requiring regulators to prove
  why they should be banned.
European Parliament Throws REACH Talks Wide Open
  Jubilant environmentalists hailed the committee vote on REACH as a
  "vital step towards protecting health and environment from chemical
  contamination." The chemical manufacturing sector will be wincing but
  consumer product maker Unilever, a big downstream user of chemicals,
  welcomed the vote.
Nova Scotia Residents Stone Cold To Quarry Proposal
  Mr. Mullin believes that if the governments adhere to a
  precautionary principle, the quarry will not go ahead.
  "The rational person in me says it can't go forward based on what we
  don't know the blasting will do to the lobsters, the marine mammals,"
  he said.


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  action. The Precautionary Principle is a modern way of making
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  answer such questions as, Why do we need the precautionary
  principle? Who is using precaution? Who is opposing precaution?

  We often include attacks on the precautionary principle because we  
  believe it is essential for advocates of precaution to know what
  their adversaries are saying, just as abolitionists in 1830 needed
  to know the arguments used by slaveholders.

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