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January 15, 2015
The Obama administration has announced a goal to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas sector by 40–45% by 2025, compared with the levels in 2012. Methane is a potent...
January 14, 2015
The European Union will devolve to its 28 individual member states the power to authorize the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, allowing national governments to either...
January 14, 2015
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has published its Reach 2018 Roadmap. Reach is the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of...
January 13, 2015
The European Commission says that is has opened a tender for a “study on the regulatory fitness of the legislative framework governing the risk management of chemicals.”...
January 13, 2015
The trade committee of the European Parliament has indicated in a working document that it opposes the inclusion of a clause on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) being included...
January 13, 2015
China has raised the consumption tax on a range of oil-related products, effective today, the Ministry of Finance (Beijing) says. The tax for products such as gasoline, lubricants, and...
January 7, 2015
A European Parliament committee has called on the European Commission, in a draft opinion, to “exclude any terms in the transatlantic trade and investment pact (TTIP) that would...
January 5, 2015
The first state-wide ban on plastic grocery bags may be heading back to the legislature, as the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) reports that it has collected more than 800,000...
January 5, 2015
Borealis is appealing a decision issued by the Finnish tax authority requesting the company to pay €281.7 million ($335.9 million) on behalf of a subsidiary regarding the year...
December 31, 2014
Germany’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are expected to have fallen in 2014 for the first time in several years. “We don’t yet have the final figures, but I am...
December 23, 2014
DuPont and Monsanto announced today that they have agreed to settle and dismiss their respective patent infringement lawsuits pending in the US District Court at St. Louis, MO. The...
December 17, 2014

The State of New York intends to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, citing public health risks.


December 17, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that Freedom Industries (Charleston, WV) and six former Freedom officials have been charged with various federal crimes related to...
December 17, 2014
The European Council–the institution of the heads of state or government of the member states of the European Union—has announced that it has reached a political agreement...
December 17, 2014
Six substances have been added to the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC), under the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and...
December 15, 2014
The United Nations climate summit in Lima closed with the basis for a new, global climate change agreement to be finally agreed in Paris in Dec 2015, and to enter into force in 2020...
December 12, 2014
The US Department of Commerce (Commerce Department) has concluded antidumping duty and antisubsidy duty investigations of imports of calcium hypochlorite from China. As a result, the...
December 12, 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has reported the results of the latest Europe-wide monitoring program in its 2012 annual report on pesticide residues in food...
December 10, 2014
The US Senate today passed its version of H.R. 4007—The Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014, an updated version of the Chemical and...
December 10, 2014
Poland has notified that European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) that it intends to submit an intention dossier on methanol to the Registry of Intentions (RoI). A previous intention...
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