Lots of things to like about the EU. They are addressing the issues of chemical mixtures, endocrine disruption, and nanoparticles head on. Maybe they won’t get it perfect but its a hell of a lot better than not caring to even bother about the health and environmental implications (current US method).
EU to Address Chemical Cocktails, Endocrine Disruptors, Nanosubstances
Key Development: The European Commission will take steps to more tightly control the risks of chemicals in areas seen as insufficiently regulated.
What’s Next: Strategy paper on chemical combination effects will be published in May, followed by other initiatives in 2012 and 2013.
BRUSSELS–The European Union is preparing to build on the REACH law and related legislation to address concerns about chemicals in three areas considered to be insufficiently regulated: endocrine disruptors, the combined effects of chemical mixtures, and nanosubstances.
A call for tighter regulation was contained in a European Parliament resolution, adopted April 20. It said “specific measures” to tackle risks in these areas should be included in the European Union’s seventh Environment Action Program (7EAP), which the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, is scheduled to publish in November.