Mirg sounds sour Reach note after compromise

Dec 08, 2006 | 12:37 PM | Mark Shaw

The Metal Industry Reach Group (Mirg) has had limited success in lobbying both the U.K. and European parliaments in an attempt to derail or overhaul the European Union's contentious Reach (registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals) directive, Ivor Kirman, chairman, admitted.

Mirg acted as a voice for the U.K.-based metals industry and proposed several amendments — including the exclusion of raw and secondary raw materials, the correct definition of alloys and substitution based on full assessment rather than precautionary philosophy — to Reach prior to the Dec. 6 deadline for all changes.

Despite the lobbying and disputes between opposing parties in the European Parliament, Reach is largely unchanged from earlier versions of the proposed legislation, Kirman told members of the Minor Metals Trading Association (MMTA) at its Christmas lunch Thursday. ....

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