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Main Title Chemical regulation comparison of U.S. and recently enacted European Union approaches to protect against the risks of toxic chemicals : report to Congressional requesters / [electronic resource] :
CORP Author United States. Government Accountability Office.
Publisher U.S. Govt. Accountability Office,
Year Published 2007
Report Number GAO-07-825
Stock Number GAO (202)512-6000 (voice); (202)512-6061 (Fax); (202)512-2537 (TDD)
OCLC Number 173298440
Subjects Chemicals--Law and legislation--United States ; Chemicals--Law and legislation--European Union countries ; Hazardous substances--Law and legislation--United States ; Hazardous substances--Law and legislation--European Union countries
Additional Subjects United States--Environmental Protection Agency--Rules and practice
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ERAM  K3672.5 .U55 2007 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 08/31/2009
Collation ii, 51 p. : digital, PDF file
Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 26, 2007). "August 2007." Paper version available from: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Rm. LM, Washington, D.C. 20548. Includes bibliographical references. "GAO-07-825."
Contents Notes
Chemicals play an important role in everyday life. However, some chemicals are highly toxic and need to be regulated. In 1976, the Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to authorize the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to control chemicals that pose an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment, but some have questioned whether TSCA provides EPA with enough tools to protect against chemical risks. Like the United States, the European Union (EU) has laws governing the production and use of chemicals. The EU has recently revised its chemical control policy through legislation known as Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) in order to better identify and mitigate risks from chemicals. GAO was asked to review the approaches used under TSCA and REACH for (1) requiring chemical companies to develop information on chemicals' effects, (2) controlling risks from chemicals, and (3) making information on chemicals available to the public. To review these issues, GAO analyzed applicable U.S. and EU laws and regulations and interviewed U.S. and EU officials, industry representatives, and environmental advocacy organizations. GAO is making no recommendation...