REACH: Klíčový parlamentní výbor podporuje principy REACH ale zklamal v garanci informací o bezpečnosti
BRUSEL [Evropské nevládní organizace]
The groups were pleased to see members of the European Parliament's environment and public health committee support the mandatory substitution of hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives when these are available. This requirement is essential to end the build-up of harmful chemicals in our bodies and the environment.
For substitution to work, however, it is essential to obtain basic safety information about chemicals for which we lack data on the environmental and health impacts, which REACH is supposed to deliver. At present we lack this basic information on 90% of chemicals.
The groups therefore regret that the feeble compromise on lower volume chemicals (produced in volumes of 1-10 tonnes per year), adopted by the committee - under intense pressure from industry - leaves dangerous gaps in the provision of safety information.
A REACH adopted on this basis would not deliver the health and environment protection the public expects, as it would leave thousands of lower volume chemicals without basic toxicity data and so would hamper the identification of potentially harmful chemicals, such as hormone-disruptors.
In November, the European Parliament has the chance to reinforce REACH in its plenary session, to ensure that the legislation will help both identify and replace all hazardous chemicals. This is a unique opportunity to protect future generations and their environment and it should not be sacrificed for the short-sighted interests of the chemicals industry, argue the groups.
Mecki Naschke, EU policy officer chemical and industry policies, EEB, +32 (0)2 2981094
Christian Farrar-Hockley, Policy Officer, EPHA Environment Network, +32 (0)2 233 3874
Xavier Calvo, Junior Officer, Eurocoop, tel 02 285 0076
Aleksandra Kordecka, Chemicals Campaigner, Friends of the Earth Europe, tel: +32 (0)2
542 61 08
Nadia Haiama-Neurohr, EU policy adviser on chemicals, Greenpeace European Unit, tel
+32 (0)2 274 1913
Daniela Rosche, WECF Policy coordinator, +31-6-2295-0027
Noemi Cano, DetoX Campaign Communications Manager. tel: +32 (0)2 743 8806
European Environmental Bureau, European Public Health Alliance, Environment Network, Eurocoop, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, Women in Europe for a Common Future, WWF