First report from chemicals advisory group

The first report of the Department of the Environment's Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances (ACHS) was published in December.1 It reveals that the ACHS wants the control of chemical hazards to the environment to be based on life-cycle analyses of dangerous substances and their potential replacements.

The ACHS was established under section 140 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. It advises the Secretary of State on the powers he has under section 140 to make regulations restricting the supply and use of dangerous substances.

The Committee's report, which covers the 12 months to 31 July 1992, is more notable for being the first than for what it reveals. One section summarises the ACHS's responses to UK and EC legislative proposals

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