Controls on hazardous chemicals - regulation the last resort

Statutory controls on chemicals posing hazards to the environment will in future be introduced only if voluntary measures or economic instruments are not up to the job, the Department of the Environment (DoE) announced in a discussion document on chemicals policy on 7 March.1 The paper is intended to encourage industry to take a proactive approach to identifying and reducing chemical risks, but lacks a punch because it is short of crucial details.

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