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Thursday, June 26, 2003

:: Commission demands better chemical testing ::
The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) has said that we are playing "a gigantic experiment with all living things" by failing to test the effects of the 30,000 chemicals used in the European Union on humans + ecosystems.

The Commission recommends preliminary testing of all chemicals within 10 years (at the present rate there is a 50 year backlog!), taxes on toxic chemicals in order to discourage their use + fund toxicological research, the assembly of an internet database and the development of mechanisms for feedback from amateur groups which may be able to act as an early warning system.

See here for what Friends of the Earth + the WWF have to say regarding the inadequacies of the current regulatory system and the need for a precautionary approach, especially when dealing with chemicals which have unknown, long-term effects + interactions.