NGOs, ECHA Wrangle Over Agency's Responsibilities Under REACH
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
European NGOs say chemicals industry and its influence over the European Chemicals Agency are undermining the efforts of the REACH chemicals law, though ECHA claims the NGOs fail to understand the agency’s responsibilities.
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