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Companies Moving to Swap Out Harmful Chemicals Flagged by EU Law

July 8, 2020, 4:56 PM

The European Union’s centralized approach to screening and identifying harmful chemicals under its REACH law is pushing companies to find and use less harmful alternatives, the European Chemicals Agency said in a report released Wednesday.

Some companies moved to find alternatives for compounds even before regulators moved to phase them out or impose restrictions on their use, according to the report, which was based on a survey of 96 companies.

Those compounds include as bisphenol A, an industrial chemical known as BPA used to make plastics and resins; phthalates, used to make plastics more flexible; chromium trioxide, used in ...