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June 19, 2013
Dow Chemical and Union Pacific noted gains in their joint effort to improve rail safety and security, including safer tank car designs and supply chain improvements that have significantly reduced the volume of hazardous chemicals moving via rail. The effort included eight goals that focused on accident prevention and improvements in response planning, railcar design and shipment tracking....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/safety/Dow-Union-Pacific-update-rail-safety-efforts-Dow-advances-new-rail-car-designs_52896.html
June 17, 2013
Monsanto announced it has received regulatory approval from China’s Ministry of Agriculture to launch its Intacta RR2 Pro soybeans in Brazil for the upcoming crop season. Along...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Monsanto-receives-regulatory-approval-from-China-for-soybeans-in-Brazil_52866.html
June 17, 2013
CF Industries reports that on 14 June an incident occurred at its 4.5-million ton/year nitrogen complex at Donaldsonville, LA—North America’s largest nitrogen...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Accident-at-CF-Industries-nitrogen-plant-kills-one-injures-others_52862.html
June 17, 2013
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), a group of leading apparel and footwear brands and retailers, has agreed to timelines for a phaseout of perfluorooctanoic acid, or C8, chemistry by January 2015, the group announced today....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/safety/Apparel-and-footwear-industry-group-agrees-to-2015-phaseout-of-PFOA-chemistry_52831.html
June 14, 2013
The European Chemical Agency's (ECHA; Helsinki) committee for risk assessment (RAC) has adopted 13 opinions for harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) and one opinion at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/ECHAs-risk-assessment-committee-concludes-opinions-for-harmonized-classification-and-labeling-on-14-substances_52812.html
June 14, 2013
The committees for risk assessment and socio-economic analysis of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) have concluded in a joint session that they would recommend to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/ECHA-committees-agree-on-length-of-review-period_52810.html
June 13, 2013
ACC and Socma reemphasized the need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in response to today’s hearing by the US House's energy and commerce subcommittee on...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/ACC-Socma-urge-House-to-improve-TSCA_52814.html
June 12, 2013
The European Union needs to look at the broader picture in terms of carbon emissions, Maria van den Hoeven, executive director at the International Energy Agency (IEA; Paris), says in...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Carbon-emissions-EU-needs-to-look-at-broader-picture-says-IEA-Greenpeace-calls-for-tougher-targets_52776.html
June 12, 2013
The European Union's standing committee on food chain and animal health has failed to agree on the approval of 3 genetically modified (GM) varieties of corn for use in food and animal...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Reports-European-Union-fails-to-agree-on-approval-of-3-GM-corn-varieties_52757.html
June 11, 2013
More perfluorinated substances should be included on Norway's priority list of substances that pose a serious threat to human health and the environment, the Norwegian Climate and...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Norways-environment-agency-aims-to-include-perfluorinated-substances-on-hazardous-chemical-list_52748.html
June 10, 2013
The Chinese government has approved imports of three genetically modified soy varieties—Monsanto's Intacta  RR2 PRO, BASF's CV127, and Bayer CropScience's...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/gmo/China-approves-genetically-modified-soy-imports-from-Brazil_52728.html
June 10, 2013
Chemical companies in Croatia manufacturing or importing substances in quantities of more than 1 m.t./year need to preregister these substances with the European Chemicals Agency...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Reach-regulations-will-apply-to-Croatia-from-1-July_52724.html
June 10, 2013
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) says it has completed the registration of chemical substances covered by the second tonnage band under the European Union's Registration...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Merck-KGaA-completes-Reachs-second-registration-phase_52725.html
June 7, 2013
The French government should relax its ban on fracking so that accurate estimates can be made of France's shale oil and gas deposits, a report by a French parliamentary commission...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/French-government-urged-to-relax-ban-on-fracking_52694.html
June 7, 2013
The European Union and Russia signed a new cooperation agreement on the control of drug precursors at the EU-Russia summit in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on 4 June, the European Commission...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/EU-Russia-sign-agreement-on-the-control-of-drug-precursor-chemicals_52690.html
June 6, 2013
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has invited comments on two new proposals for harmonized classification and labeling (CLH). The chemicals concerned are...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/ECHA-invites-harmonized-classification-and-labeling-comments-on-tributyltin-compounds-and-PHMB_52616.html
June 6, 2013
The European ombudsman, Nikiforos Diamondouros, has welcomed the positive reply of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) to suggestions he made to help the agency improve its...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Ombudsman-welcomes-ECHAs-new-administrative-measures_52615.html
June 6, 2013
The European Union is to remove an exemption to its batteries directive that has allowed the use of mercury and cadmium in certain battery applications. The legislation was introduced...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/EU-to-complete-ban-on-cadmium-and-mercury-in-batteries_52600.html
June 5, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has identified what it says are several weaknesses in a study published by the UK Food and Environment Research Agency...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/EFSA-EU-neonicotinoid-conclusions-not-affected-by-UK-study-on-bumble-bees_52571.html
June 4, 2013
The European Commission has, as expected, imposed provisional antidumping duties on imports by the European Union of solar panels, cells, and wafers originating in China. The measures...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/EU-imposes-antidumping-duties-on-solar-panels-imported-from-China_52549.html
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