European industry disappointed by Reach vote

Chemical producing and using sectors look to plenary to reverse environment committee changes

European industry has criticised the greener stamp put on the Reach EU chemical policy on Tuesday by the European parliament's environment committee. The vote "takes Reach back in the wrong direction," said EU chemical manufacturers' association Cefic (EED 04/10/05).

Industry reaction to the vote has ranged from ambivalent to strongly hostile. In one of the most outspoken statements, Britain's chemical industries' association claimed that MEPs had voted for "a bureaucratic nightmare". SME association Objection! said it was now focused on winning changes to Reach when the full parliament votes in mid-November.

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