Parlament hlasoval pro náhradu nebezpečných chemikálií ale umožnil velkou mezeru v bezpečnosti
ŠTRASBURG [Evropské nevládní organizace]
recognised the important step taken by Parliament today towards replacing hazardous chemicals
with safer alternatives but regretted that MEPs exempted thousands of chemicals from the need to
provide any health and safety information.
The European Parliament supported the obligation to replace hazardous chemicals with safer
alternatives when these are available (the ‘substitution principle’), sending a strong message to
ministers of national governments who will next make a decision on REACH. This requirement is
essential to end the build-up of harmful chemicals in our bodies and the environment.
The groups warned, however, that the failure to provide basic safety information about chemicals
will make it impossible to systematically identify and replace the most hazardous substances, which
is the one of the principle aims of REACH. At present we lack basic data on the environmental and
health impacts of 90% of substances.
The groups therefore condemned the decision to severely weaken crucial safety testing
requirements for all chemicals covered by REACH.
A REACH adopted on this basis will not deliver the health and environment protection the public
needs, as it would leave thousands of chemicals without basic toxicity data and so would hamper
the identification of harmful chemicals, such as hormone disrupters.
The Council of Ministers has the opportunity to strengthen the legislation - when Competitiveness
Ministers meet in Brussels – by ensuring that the legislation will help both identify and replace
hazardous chemicals covered by REACH. This is a unique opportunity to protect women, men and
children and their environment and it should not be sacrificed for the short-sighted interests of the
large chemicals producers.
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, +32 (0)2 285 0076
Aleksandra Kordecka, Chemicals Campaigner, Friends of the Earth Europe, +32 (0)2 542 61 08
Nadia Haiama-Neurohr, EU policy adviser on chemicals, Greenpeace European Unit, +32 (0)2 274 1913
Daniela Rosche, WECF Policy coordinator, +31-6-2295-0027
Noemi Cano, WWF DetoX Campaign Communications Manager, +32 (0)479 610451