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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #68

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

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Table of Contents Edition

New Mexico Precaution Taskforce Publishes Its Report
  The Report of the New Mexico (NM) Precautionary Principle Task
  Force, "Incorporating the Precautionary Principle into State
  Government," is now available online.
REACH: Barely Alive and in Critical Condition
  Europe's long-awaited chemicals-policy law, REACH, survived a
  second reading today in the European Parliament. However, as enacted,
  REACH has been badly watered down and contains major loopholes,
  according to a coalition of European health, environment, consumer and
  women's organizations.
EU Passes Sweeping Chemical Reform
  Compared to their European counterparts, U.S. activists are more
  enthusiastic about REACH, the chemicals-policy law adopted today by
  the European Parliament.
Greens: European Parliament Passes Weak Chemicals Policy
  The Greens and the European Free Alliance (EFA) immediately derided
  the European chemicals policy, REACH, enacted today by the European
  Parliament. Green Member of Parliament Caroline Lucas said, "This deal
  is an early Christmas present for the chemicals industry..."
European Union Approves Sweeping Chemicals Curbs
  The Wall Street Journal says, "The tough new law will require
  manufacturers and importers to document how some 30,000 chemicals are
  used in products from cleaning liquids and plastics to furniture and
  electronics. About 1,500 chemicals deemed most dangerous to humans and
  animals will be at the heart of a new regulatory battleground for
  manufacturers and chemical producers doing business in or with the
Europeans Pass Chemical Regulation Law
  The Houston Chronicle says, "Some dangerous chemicals could be
  banned from the European market and about 30,000 substances used in
  everyday products ranging from detergents to toys will have to be
  registered in a central European Union database under a law approved


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