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Oct. 20 to 28
WHAT: The UMass Lowell Center for Sustainable Production is organizing a one-week visit of European chemical experts to the United States to discuss the need for policy changes to protect public health and the environment. The group will participate in legislative and agency briefings, media roundtables and business and non-profit discussions.
WHERE: Washington D.C., Oct. 20-21; San Francisco, Oct. 22-23; Chicago, Oct. 24-25; and Boston, Oct. 27-28.
(Editor's Note: Interviews can be arranged during that week upon request.)
WHY: During the past decade, European countries have proposed ambitious policies in response to the lack of testing and public data on chemicals in commerce, the high burdens on governments to take preventive actions and growing evidence of the impact of toxic substances on public health and the environment. The European Union is considering sweeping new chemicals legislation - Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) - that will fundamentally change the way companies are required to manage hazardous chemicals and likely set controversial new standards among producers and users world-wide. The experts' visit will promote an international dialogue and enable an investigation of opportunities for innovation in policies, technologies and products in the United States.