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December 18, 2015
The General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg) has ruled that the European Commission has breached EU law by failing to adopt measures to identify and ban biocidal products with...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Court-says-European-Commission-breached-EU-law-by-failing-to-adopt-measures-on-endocrine-disrupting-biocides_75979.html
December 18, 2015
K+S KALI, a subsidiary of K+S (Kassel, Germany), has obtained authorization from the Kassel regional council to resume, to a limited extent, the injection of saline wastewater from the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/K+S-receives-authorization-for-limited-disposal-of-saline-wastewater-at-Germany-site_75976.html
December 17, 2015
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg bill) was passed in the Senate late on 17 December. ACC called the bipartisan passage of the senate...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/TSCA-reform-bill-passes-Senate_75964.html
December 17, 2015
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has added five substances to the candidate list, a list of substances that may have serious effects on human health or the environment...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/ECHA-adds-five-substances-to-Reach-candidate-list_75908.html
December 16, 2015
The UK parliament has voted narrowly to allow fracking to extract shale gas under the country's national parks and certain other protected sites. The new legislation, which permits...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/UK-parliament-votes-to-approve-fracking-below-national-parks_75890.html
December 15, 2015
An appeals court has ruled that EPA can enforce its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plants while the EPA performs a satisfactory analysis of the regulation’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/toxics/Ruling-allows-EPA-to-enforce-MATS-while-addressing-insufficient-cost-analysis_75859.html
December 14, 2015
The US FDA, on 9 December, alerted drug manufacturers in the United States that certain lots of the baclofen active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufactured by Taizhou Xinyou...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/safety/FDA-warns-of-contamination-of-baclofen-API-from-Taizhou-Xinyou-Pharmaceutical_75815.html
December 8, 2015
US prices for toluene and mixed xylenes (MX) could soften next year, in part because the new Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2016, which requires a greater amount of ethanol in the US gasoline pool, reducing demand for other high octane blendstock such as toluene and MX. However, most of the pressure is expected to come from increased imports of toluene, MX, and paraxylene....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/alternativefuels/New-RFS-may-reduce-aromatics-demand-into-US-gasoline_75704.html
December 8, 2015
At the next committee meeting for the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), representatives from the aromatics market in the United States will have an opportunity to present arguments to modify the existing quality specifications for benzene in early 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Upcoming-ASTM-meeting-gives-US-benzene-industry-opportunity-to-address-specification-change_75680.html
December 7, 2015
The parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC), negotiating for a global climate change in Paris, have produced a draft of an agreement. The draft amounts to 48...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Climate-change-Draft-agreement-produced-in-Paris_75664.html
December 7, 2015
The European Commission has announced a formal antitrust investigation to evaluate whether three ethanol producers have manipulated ethanol benchmarks published by price reporting...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/EU-launches-in-depth-probe-into-possible-manipulation-of-published-ethanol-benchmarks_75663.html
December 7, 2015
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has concluded that the socio-economic benefits of restricting the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper are unlikely to be higher...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/ECHA-completes-evaluation-of-proposal-to-restrict-use-of-BPA-in-thermal-paper_75666.html
December 4, 2015
The US EPA and Department of Justice (Justice Department) have announced a settlement with agribusiness firm J.R. Simplot (Boise, ID) that resolves alleged Clean Air Act (CAA)...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/US-ag-firm-settles-with-EPA-on-emission-reductions-at-sulfuric-acid-plants_75642.html
December 3, 2015
Germany’s chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt) says it welcomes the government’s decision to continue to support industrial combined heat and power (CHP) plants...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/VCI-greets-support-for-combined-heat-and-power-plants_75575.html
December 3, 2015
The European Parliament and the European Commission have reached an agreement that all members of the European Parliament will have access to all categories of confidential documents...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/All-MEPs-to-have-access-to-all-confidential-TTIP-documents_75573.html
December 3, 2015
The European Commission has released details of its “ambitious” new circular economy package, designed to facilitate the move to a more circular economy. The package will...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/European-Commission-presents-circular-economy-package-update_75545.html
November 30, 2015
The European Environment Agency (EEA; Copenhagen) has reported annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the European Union. The EEA's report is the official 2015 submission under the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/EU-GHG-emissions-fall-2-percent-YOY-in-2013-21-percent-in-1990-2013_75489.html
November 27, 2015
Germany has joined an international initiative aimed at phasing out the flaring of waste gas during production of crude oil. The initiative "Zero Routine Flaring 2030" was...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/climatechange/Germany-joins-initiative-to-phase-out-flaring-in-oil-production_75480.html
November 26, 2015
Germany's energy-intensive industries association EID (Berlin) has called for an "ambitious climate agreement," on the eve of the World Climate Summit, which starts in Paris...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Energy-industries-association-calls-for-ambitious-climate-change-agreement-and-protection-of-Europes-competitiveness_75470.html
November 25, 2015
The European Parliament has voted in a resolution against a proposal for recycling plastics containing diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP). The European Commission, the executive branch of...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/European-Parliament-rejects-proposal-to-allow-recycling-of-plastics-containing-DEHP_75456.html
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