27 March 2007 19:42 [Source: ICIS news]
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Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a member of the European Parliament representing Germany, told chemical industry executives that the EU’s new programme for the registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals (Reach) very likely will migrate to other countries.
He said Reach or Reach-like chemical controls legislation may well appear in US sub-federal jurisdictions - such as state, county and municipal governments - even if Reach is rejected by US federal policymakers in the White House and Congress.
He noted that the
“I believe that some states like
“Some may also look at Reach and use it as a blueprint for chemicals regulation at the state level here in this country,” Lambsdorff said.
In addition, he said, other countries are expressing interest in adopting Reach-like control systems.
“The Chinese, for one, are already all over the place in
“We have had many conversations with the Japanese, as well as with many other of our trading partners,” he said.
“So, in one form or another, you may run into Reach or Reach-like regulations in unexpected places in the not too distant future,” Lambsdorff said.
Lambsdorff spoke at one of the concluding sessions of the 32nd annual National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) petrochemicals conference. The conference concluded on Tuesday.
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