MEPs prepare for compromise vote on Reach

Parliament's environment committee weighs the merits of over 1,000 amendments to EU chemicals reform

The European parliament's environment committee is preparing for one of its most important voting sessions ever on Tuesday. The committee will choose from over one thousand amendments tabled to the EU's Reach chemical policy reform before delivering its opinion to the plenary (EED 29/09/05).

Based on cross-party compromise amendments drawn up last week, MEPs look likely to dilute toxicity testing requirements for substances produced at 1-10 tonnes per year. A major question now is whether they will also relax the testing regime for substances in the 10-100 tonne band.

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