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EU Chemical Plan Overhaul Exempts Polymers, Reduces Burden Downstream

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

The European Commission's 1chemical testing proposal released Oct. 29 includes provisions to exempt certain polymers and reduce the burden on downstream users in an effort to address industry concerns

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