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May 15, 2007

ED Will Hold Webcast on REACH, TSCA, and CEPA Best Practices

Lynn L. Bergeson

Environmental Defense (ED) will hold a webcast regarding its recent report, Not That Innocent: A Comparative Analysis of Canadian, European Union and United States Policies on Industrial Chemicals, on May 24, 2007, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT). The webcast will include a 45-minute presentation and a question and answer period. Dr. Richard Denison, Senior Scientist at ED, will present the findings and discuss his report, which compares the European Union’s new Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).

Best practices for and a comparison of how each of these policies addresses the following “core functions” will be presented:

  • Identify and prioritize chemicals of concern;
  • Track chemicals and their production and use;
  • Foster the generation and submission of risk-relevant information;
  • Assess information to determine hazard/exposure/risk;
  • Impose controls to mitigate risk; and
  • Share and disclose information while protecting confidential business information.

Implications of the findings for chemicals policy reform will also be discussed.