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This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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European Parliament completes first reading of proposed Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals system. Legislative package was adopted by a vote of 407 to 155, with 41 abstentions, on Nov. 17. REACH would require producers of more than one ton of a chemical substance to register with a future chemicals agency. Proposal recently was amended by the Environment Committee to ease registration requirements for chemicals produced in quantities between one and 10 tons. During the first reading, parliament members reached a number of compromises on the proposal, including a possible waiver of certain tests for substances produced or imported between 10 and 100 tons. The European Council must next reach a common position on REACH, the parliament notes, adding that step is expected by year-end...
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