The European commission on December 1 hailed a new deal over a controversial draft law on toxic chemicals, while activists slammed the agreement as a sell-out to the industry. The bill, known as REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals), is one of the largest ever EU laws put together by the 25 nation bloc. It was designed in 2003 to make companies prove that substances in every-day products from soap to toys are safe. The commission hailed the new deal as a “marked improve...

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