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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
December 31, 1969
New Jersey’s industry this year will work with the administration of governor Chris Christie (R.), who is scheduled to take office January 19, in an effort to secure revisions to...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/State-RegWatch-New-Jersey-Industry-Seeks-Review-of-Regulatory-Taxation-Policies_24156.html
December 31, 1969
Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ; Trenton) says it is disappointed by the state’s Board of Public Utilities’ deferral of a motion asking for mandatory relief from Public...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/New-Jerseys-Board-of-Public-Utilities-Defers-Stranded-Costs-Motion_23735.html
December 31, 1969
Industry has won its bid to stop state regulators from listing styrene as a carcinogen under the Proposition 65 labeling law. The Styrene Information Research Center (SRIC; Alexandria)...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/Industry-Wins-Styrene-Listing-Lawsuit_23319.html
December 31, 1969
EPA says it has proposed to disapprove three key aspects of the Texas clean-air permitting program that do not meet federal Clean Air Act requirements. The proposals address flexible...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/EPA-Proposes-Rules-to-Bring-Texas-Air-Program-in-Line-with-Federal-Law_22008.html
December 31, 1969
ACC says the lawsuit filed against Union Pacific over liability provisions in the railroad’s rate card has been settled. ACC and The Chlorine Institute had filed a lawsuit against...
http://www.chemweek.com/envirotech/regulatory/legal/Industry-Union-Pacific-Settle-Suit-Over-Shipment-Liabilities_21696.html
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