Report examines what US can learn from EU chemicals law

Debbie O’Leary
EurekAlert

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — U.S. industry and environmental groups agree that the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 needs to be modernized to better protect public health and the environment. However, there is no consensus on what the reform should look like.

A new report from Indiana University supplies a close examination of the European Union’s reformed chemicals law REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), which went into effect in 2006.

After reviewing data and interviewing key stakeholders, including manufacturers, importers and REACH experts, researchers from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the IU European Union Center have released “Regulating Industrial Chemicals: Lessons for U.S. Policy Makers From the European Union’s REACH Program.”

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