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Bairbre de Brún calls upon MEPs to hold firm on EU chemicals legislation

9 October, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today urged her fellow MEPs to vote in favour of strong chemical legislation when the REACH legislation comes before the European Parliament Environment Committee tomorrow, Tuesday 10th October.

Speaking from Brussels Ms de Brún said:

"In November 2005, both I and Mary Lou McDonald voted to ensure that the most hazardous chemicals are replaced by safer alternatives. Requiring companies to substitute safer alternatives where they exist is vital to promoting and preserving the health of people across the European Union.

"There is a lot of concern about the issue of substitution and we are fighting to re-introduce this to the REACH legislation after the European Council moved away from this point.

"This hugely complex area of legislation, including the authorisation and registration, of such products, chemical safety reports for substances and the duty of care by manufacturers will have far reaching implications for both consumers and industry. Tomorrow, the European Parliament Environment Committee will discuss both its proposals and a set of proposals from the European Council.

"It is essential that MEPs hold firm in the face of attempts to minimize the effects of this legislation. Sinn Féin wants legislation which has the protection of workers‚ health, the general public and the environment at its core. Tomorrow‚s committee vote can bring this one step closer. I urge my fellow MEPs to stand firm." ENDS

Editors Note:

The REACH legislation aims to increase the level of knowledge about chemical substances placed on the market and to ensure substances are used safely at all stages in their lifecycle.

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