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March 1, 2010
The U.S Supreme Court says it will let stand a lower court ruling that requires growers to obtain Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for pesticides that are already permitted under separate federal pesticide laws. The ruling in National Cotton Council of America v. EPA is a setback for industry groups that had petitioned the high court asking it to consider their appeal. Pesticide industry representatives say they will pursue “additional avenues" to contain the impact of the decision....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/Supreme-Court-Decision-Signals-Broad-Changes-to-Pesticide-Permit-Requirements_25095.html
February 26, 2010
The European Commission (EC) says it has cleared, under the EU Merger Regulation, the previously announced proposed acquisition of Mitsubishi Rayon by Mitsubishi Chemical. After...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/European-Commission-Approves-Acquisition-of-Mitsubishi-Rayon-by-Mitsubishi-Chemical_25057.html
February 24, 2010
The U.S. FDA has issued a warning letter to Eli Lilly’s active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) facility at Carolina, Puerto Rico, for a significant deviation from the current...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/FDA-Issues-Warning-Letter-to-Eli-Lilly-API-Plant_24956.html
February 22, 2010
A research commissioned by Pfizer estimates that the counterfeit medicines market in Europe to be worth more than €10.5 billion/year ($14.3 billion/year). The ‘Cracking...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/Counterfeit-Medicines-Market-in-Europe-Worth-&euro10-5-Billion_24910.html
February 1, 2010
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has voted to require publicly listed companies in the U.S to disclose risks related to climate change. The “interpretive...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/U-S-Financial-Regulators-to-Require-Climate-Risk-Disclosure_24526.html
January 19, 2010
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rule on Monsanto’s lawsuit challenging the U.S. government’s injunction against planting of genetically modified alfalfa. The lawsuit...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/U-S-Supreme-Court-to-Consider-Monsantos-Alfalfa-Appeal_24176.html
January 15, 2010
The Senate is expected to merge Rockefeller’s bill, which would reform the STB to give shippers more leverage in rate disputes, with legislation sponsored by Senator Herb Kohl (D., WI), Dooley says. Kohl’s bill, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee last year, would rescind the decades-long exemption railroads have from antitrust laws....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/ACC-Legislative-Fix-for-U-S-Rail-Shippers-Expected-by-June_24153.html
January 5, 2010
There has been relatively little action on legislation favored by environmentalists in the U.S. Congress since President Obama took office, at least compared with initial expectations...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/U-S-Legislators-Pro-Environment-Votes-Have-Surged-Since-2006-Senate-Trend-is-Less-Even_23880.html
January 4, 2010
Legal action filed by rail shippers against four major carriers seeks compensation for an alleged conspiracy by the railroads to inflate fuel surcharges. The lawsuit, if successful...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/Lawsuit-Against-Railroads-Seeks-Class-Action-Status_23868.html
December 22, 2009
A Senate committee has passed legislation that would increase government oversight of railroads and give shippers access to more rail carriers and more leverage in negotiating rates. However, the bill approved late last week by the Senate Commerce Committee omits the provision that would have stripped carriers of their antitrust immunity....
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/Senate-Panel-Advances-Industry-Backed-Rail-Bill_23732.html
December 22, 2009
A federal jury has awarded 10 plaintiffs more than $100 million in a lawsuit against BP as compensation for alleged exposure to toxic emissions at the company’s Texas City, TX...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/Jury-Finds-Against-BP-in-Texas-City-Lawsuit_23733.html
November 23, 2009

A key judicial decision next week will determine if styrene should be considered a carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65 law. State law requires substances known to be carcinogenic or cause reproductive harm to carry warning labels. If the judge supports California officials in their bid to order Prop 65 requirements for styrene, the implications for the styrene industry, and for related substances, would be a critical setback to industry.

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http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/Key-Judicial-Decision-on-Styrene-Due-Next-Week_22920.html
October 28, 2009
The Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom; Beijing) says that China will require a security deposit on imported nylon-6 from the U.S., European Union, Russia, and Taiwan. The decision follows a...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/China-Imposes-Deposit-on-Imported-Nylon-6-as-Antidumping-Measure_22194.html
October 26, 2009
U.S. government watchdog group OMB Watch (Washington) has been tracking the Obama administration’s efforts to address concerns about 27 controversial “midnight”...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/Tallying-Obamas-Efforts-to-Reverse-Midnight-Regulations_22321.html
October 20, 2009
The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to take up chemical plant security legislation tomorrow that could result in a full House vote on Inherently Safer Technology (IST) in a...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/U-S-Lawmakers-Prepare-to-Vote-on-Chemical-Plant-Security_22213.html
October 19, 2009
A federal jury in Manhattan has ruled that ExxonMobil is liable for contaminating the New York City drinking water wells with fuel additive methyl tert-butyl ether, awarding the city...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/ExxonMobil-Found-Liable-in-New-York-MTBE-Case_22180.html
September 27, 2009
A ruling by Second Circuit Court of Appeals (New York) has reinstated a lawsuit brought by states seeking to force electric utilities to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/Nuisance-Suit-Ruling-Opens-the-Door-to-a-Broad-Avenue-for-New-GHG-Controls_21648.html
December 31, 1969
LyondellBasell recently reached a settlement with the U.S. government where the company will pay $162 million to fund remediation of hazardous waste sites. The agreement settles $5.5...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/LyondellBasell-to-Pay-$162-Million-to-Settle-Environmental-Claims_25995.html
December 31, 1969
ACC says it has hired Walter Moore will join the council as v.p./federal affairs effective February 8. “Moore brings with him significant association, corporate, and political...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/ACC-Hires-Drug-Industry-Pro-to-Replace-Durbin-as-Head-of-Federal-Affairs_24527.html
December 31, 1969
The Coalition for Security and Competitiveness (CSC; Washington), a group formed in 2007 that comprises several industry groups including the National Association of Manufacturers...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/Industry-Groups-Seek-Reform-of-Export-Controls_24155.html
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