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January 21, 2015

Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) is appealing a ruling by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) that the import of the refrigerant hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-134a from China does not harm the refrigerant gas industry in the United States. Chinese producers of the refrigerant, also known as R-134a and 1,1,1,2-tetrafluorethane, could have been hit with hefty antidumping duties of 280.67% and antisubsidy duties averaging 11.14%, after an affirmative determination by the US Department of Commerce on 15 October 2014.

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http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Mexichem-appeals-ITC-ruling-that-China-did-not-dump-HFC-134a-in-US-market_67016.html
January 21, 2015
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has completed its comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity. EFSA concludes that “BPA poses...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/EFSA-Bisphenol-A-exposure-does-not-pose-a-health-risk-for-consumers_67042.html
January 21, 2015
Russia is cutting its export duty on benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX), as well as for crude oil and other derivatives, effective February, the Ministry of Economy (Moscow)...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Russia-cuts-export-duties-on-aromatics_67044.html
January 20, 2015
Bayer CropScience says it has has received registration for its new insecticide Sivanto from EPA. Sivanto, which was developed to control devastating sucking pests on fruits and...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Bayer-CropSciences-new-Sivanto-insecticide-receives-US-registration_67003.html
January 15, 2015
Monsanto says U.S. Department of Agriculture has deregulated Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant trait technologies–Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex™...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/USDA-deregulates-Monsanto-weed-control-traits_66897.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Obama-administration-aims-to-cut-methane-emissions-from-oil-and-gas-sector-by-40-45-percent_66847.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/New-law-widens-opportunity-for-cultivation-of-GM-crops-in-Europe_66814.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/ECHA-publishes-Reach-2018-Roadmap-to-support-companies-in-meeting-2018-registration-deadline_66815.html
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.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/European-Commission-tenders-for-study-on-fitness-of-legislation-managing-chemical-risk_66792.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/European-Parliament-trade-committee-opposed-to-inclusion-of-ISDS-in-TTIP_66794.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/China-hikes-consumption-tax-on-oil-products_66766.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/European-Parliament-calls-for-chemical-regulations-ISDS-to-be-excluded-from-TTIP-negotiations_66575.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Californias-ban-on-plastic-bags-may-be-headed-back-to-voters_66555.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Borealis-appeals-&euro282-million-Finnish-tax-bill_66552.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Germanys-GHG-emissions-anticipated-to-have-fallen-about-3-percent-in-2014_66499.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/DuPont-Monsanto-settle-seeds-patent-infringement-litigation_66436.html
December 17, 2014

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

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http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/sustainability/New-York-State-to-ban-hydraulic-fracking_66249.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/DOJ-indicts-Freedom-Industries-officials-in-January-West-Virginia-spill_66274.html
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...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/European-Council-reaches-political-agreement-to-reduce-consumption-of-plastic-bags_66247.html
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