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April 29, 2014
The European Union's Ombudsman has concluded that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) is guilty of maladministration in a case involving risk assessment as a...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/European-Ombudsman-condemns-EFSA-for-maladministration_60652.html
April 26, 2014
Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have voted in favor of halving the consumption of lightweight plastic bags by 2017, and reducing it by 80% by 2019 compared with 2010 levels...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/European-Parliament-votes-to-reduce-usage-of-lightweight-plastic-bags_60608.html
April 25, 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says it welcomes the "wide-ranging and constructive dialog" with more than 60 stakeholders as part of a follow-up...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/safety/EFSA-welcomes-dialog-with-BPA-stakeholders_60604.html
April 25, 2014
Invista and Solvay announced today that they have signed a settlement agreement resolving disputes related to adiponitrile (ADN) intellectual property and technology used in their...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/Invista-Solvay-settle-adiponitrile-dispute_60558.html
April 25, 2014
ACC today released a set of chemical hazard and risk-assessment principles designed to provide “obtainable, high-level benchmarks” for fixing federal programs so they...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/reach/ACC-announces-new-principles-to-guide-chemical-assessments_60610.html
April 22, 2014
The European Commission says that it has requested Germany to fully transpose the requirements of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) into national law. EU ETS is a...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/climatechange/European-Commission-asks-Germany-to-fully-implement-EU-emissions-trading-system_60463.html
April 22, 2014
The European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the European Union's Court of Justice for failing to notify the commission about what penalties have been put in place in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/European-Commission-refers-Poland-to-court-for-failure-to-comply-with-laws-on-F-gases_60459.html
April 22, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on a total of 30 testing proposals for 17 substances. The hazard endpoints for which vertebrate testing...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/ECHA-opens-public-consultation-on-testing-proposals-for-17-substances_60458.html
April 22, 2014
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says it is extending the timeline for it to complete is full assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) to the end of 2014. The authority...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/EFSA-to-reevaluate-BPA-by-end-of-2014_60447.html
April 17, 2014

Five members of the Silicones Environmental, Health, and Safety Center (SEHSC) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the US EPA have agreed on the environmental monitoring of the siloxane D4, an intermediate in the production of silicone polymers, says ACC. The program will support EPA’s assessment of the environmental risk associated with D4, also known as octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane.

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http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/toxics/Producers-EPA-agree-on-environmental-monitoring-for-siloxane-D4_60390.html
April 16, 2014
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a study finding that a lack of consistent government-wide data on the number and type of National Environmental Policy Act...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/GAO-report-highlights-lack-of-data-on-US-environmental-reviews_60327.html
April 15, 2014
The European Union's foreign affairs council has adopted the European Commision's previously announced proposal to cut or eliminate temporarily EU tariffs on imports from Ukraine. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/EU-goes-ahead-with-tariff-cuts-on-imports-from-Ukraine_60313.html
April 15, 2014
IC Potash (ICP; Toronto) announced today that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has authorized ICP to construct and operated a sulphate of potash project, called Ochoa, at Lea...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/IC-Potash-receives-BLM-approval-of-New-Mexico-potash-project_60302.html
April 15, 2014
The Chlorine Institute and ACC have asked the US District Court for the District of Minnesota to prevent Canadian Pacific Railway from imposing a restrictive new requirement on shippers of chlorine and other toxic inhalation hazard materials. The Fertilizer Institute has joined the complaint....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/safety/ACC-CI-sue-to-stop-railroad-from-imposing-new-shipping-restrictions_60304.html
April 8, 2014
BioConsortia (Davis, CA), an agricultural biotechnology company that discovers and develops microbial consortia for crop improvement, has raised $15 million in its Series B funding...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/sustainability/Agbiotech-firm-BioConsortia-raises-$15-million-in-funding_60196.html
April 8, 2014
Research and development (R&D) in the paints and coatings industry is being driven by a variety of issues, chief among energy efficiency and the development of new substrates in...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/ACS-2014-Energy-issues-new-substrates-key-drivers-for-coatings-R-and-D_60195.html
April 8, 2014
The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) plastics division today released an updated roadmap for the development of plastics and composites that will help automakers increase fuel efficiency by reducing vehicle weight....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/ACC-releases-updated-roadmap-for-auto-plastics-and-composites_60193.html
April 8, 2014
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has called for a total of 30 testing proposals for 21 substances, including nitromethane; 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene; trichloro(propyl)silane...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/ECHA-requests-testing-proposals-for-21-substances_60180.html
April 3, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Richmond, VA) has thrown out $920 million in damages previously awarded to DuPont in the company's Kevlar patent infringement fray with...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/Court-throws-out-$920-million-Kevlar-trade-secrets-verdict_60053.html
April 3, 2014
Croatian companies manufacturing substances in or importing substances into the European Union in amounts exceeding 100 m.t./year, or that are carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/reach/First-Reach-deadline-for-Croatian-companies-1-July-2014_60047.html
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