Europe's major environmental groups have joined an appeal launched yesterday by American NGOs, urging president George Bush not to undermine proposed reforms of EU chemicals policy. In a letter signed by 56 US environmental, consumer, labour and health groups, the American government is asked instead to support the proposal for a new Reach chemicals control system.
The appeal follows dissemination earlier this year of a US government document criticising the Reach proposals. Testing would cost €9bn, take 36 years and cause the death of 13m animals, the "non-paper" states. It would also distort trade and competition and make life very difficult for small and medium-sized enterprises.
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