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Monday, Oct. 27 & Tuesday, Oct. 28
WHAT: The UMass Lowell Center for Sustainable Production is organizing a one-week visit of European chemical experts to four U.S. cities, including Boston, to discuss the need for policy changes to protect public health and the environment. In addition to briefings and roundtables, the officials will present information at two public events in the Boston area.
WHERE: Monday, Oct. 27 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Jaharis Center, Tufts Medical School Auditorium, 150 Harrison Ave., Boston;
Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m., IUE/CWA 201 Union Hall, 112 Exchange St., Lynn
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.