|April 05, 2007|
Comparing Canada's Chemicals Policies
|Toronto, Canada (GLOBE-Net) -- Environmental Defense (U.S.) and Pollution Probe have released what they call the first-ever study comparing the European Union's new REACH regulation with industrial chemicals policies in Canada and the U.S. |
Not That Innocent: A Comparative Analysis of Canadian, European Union, and United States Policies on Industrial Chemicals, identifies "best practices" from among the policies in the three jurisdictions that most effectively protect human health and the environment. The 140-page report was written by Senior Health Program Scientist, Richard A. Denison, Ph.D., of Environmental Defense.
The report contrasts Canada's recently completed categorization of chemicals and resulting Chemicals Management Plan with the European Union's ambitious Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) legislation and comparable efforts in the United States.
Among the differences identified between Canada's plan and those in Europe and the United States are:
According to the author, implementation of the best practices identified in the report can facilitate a shift toward policies that are knowledge-driven, that motivate and reward, rather than impede and penalize, the development of information sufficient to provide a reasonable assurance of safety for chemicals.
Such policies would also place more of the burden of providing and acting on that information on those who stand to profit financially from the production and use of chemicals, and are arguably in the best position to internalize such information and use it from the outset to design out risk from their products, adds Denison.
The full report is available here.
The full health and environmental impacts of many chemicals in everyday use are not fully known, but research in recent years has cause concern among governments, businesses, and the public.
As a result, another recent report examines toxic chemical risk from an investor perspective, and provides a comprehensive set of action steps that can be taken by investors to translate the long-term threats and opportunities associated with toxic chemical issues into prudent portfolio stewardship.
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