US environmentalists back EU's Reach plan

A petition supporting EU proposals to strengthen chemicals legislation has been signed by more than 10,000 US citizens, according to one of the NGOs promoting it. The petition was launched to challenge "the Bush administration and chemical industry lobbyists... working behind closed doors to derail this promising European initiative", environmental group WWF-US said in a statement. The US has been strongly opposing the new EU chemicals policy Reach, which it says would cost industry too much and distort trade (EED 12/11/02).

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