21 August 2007 20:59 [Source: ICIS news]
The tripartite agreement was announced at the end of a summit meeting in
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the three countries will “co-ordinate efforts to assess and take action on industrial chemicals”.
Under the agreement, by 2012 the
The agency did not specify what “action as needed” would entail or whether it might include banning some chemicals from commercial use. EPA officials were not immediately available for comment.
EPA said that the 2012 goal “is to ensure that these chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimise risks to health and the environment”.
In addition, the agreement provides that by 2020 the three countries will establish and maintain current information on chemical inventories held by the three nations.
The three governments also agreed that they will co-ordinate their management of chemicals in
The announcement did not specify what other international agreements might be pertinent to the tripartite arrangement.
The agreement will build on EPA’s high production volume (HPV) testing programme and
The nine-year-old HPV programme has been compiling toxicity data on the nearly 2,800 chemicals that are produced or imported in the
EPA said it will use the Canadian chemical management programme “as a starting point for US efforts to assess the hazards of moderate-volume chemicals”.
US chemical industry officials were not immediately available to comment on the new three-nation chemical controls agreement.
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