Industry wins concessions in EU chemical regs

Fierce lobbying helped water down a 2-year-old white paper proposal of European Union policy on the manufacture and importation of industrial chemicals into more "workable and manageable" draft legislation earlier this month that protects health and environmental safety without sacrificing the industry's ability to compete, proponents said.Industry officials said they support the safety aims of the proposed legislation. But studies commissioned by trade groups in both Germany and France indicated that the costs of implementing the new legislation through 2020 far exceed earlier estimates by the EU environment commission, in terms of required investment, unemployment, reduced gross nat...

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