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January 17, 2011

U.S. Democrats are stepping up the debate over potential chemical disclosure requirements for companies involved in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public lands. House Democrats recently asked the Obama administration to advance requirements for public disclosure of chemicals used in the process. The Democrats' action follows a letter to administration officials from House Republicans seeking answers and supporting documents related to a long list of policy questions concerning fracking.


January 17, 2011
U.S. EPA has issued a final rule requiring the testing of 19 high production volume (HPV) chemicals for health and environmental impacts. “This rule is one of a series of actions...
January 17, 2011
German and European Union authorities say that pork tainted with a dioxin concentration 77 times that of background levels, which could be toxic to humans, has been sold across...
January 12, 2011
German and European Union authorities say that pork tainted with a dioxin concentration 77 times that of background levels, which could be toxic to humans, has been sold across...
January 11, 2011
The Chemical Industries Association (CIA; London) today rolled out its big initiative for enhancing its position on nanomaterials by introducing the Nanotechnologies Supply Chain...
January 6, 2011
California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) will take more time finalize its Safer Consumer Product Alternatives (SCPA) regulations after some lawmakers and...
January 6, 2011
California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) will take more time to finalize its Safer Consumer Product Alternatives (SCPA) regulations after some lawmakers and environmental groups objected to recent changes to the rule that they said would make it ineffective. Critics of the latest revisions to the rules, which had been due out January 1, include Assemblyman Mike Fleuer (D., Los Angeles), the key sponsor of the 2008 bill that created the state’s green chemistry program....
December 29, 2010
Demand will be driven by increasingly stringent safety and flammability standards and the rising use of plastic products, says a recent report from The Freedonia Group (Cleveland)....
December 22, 2010
The majority of U.S. survey respondents say they are aware of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and most of those that have heard of it have some concerns related to environmental...
December 22, 2010
The European Commission has issued draft legislation to strengthen the rules on the control of major accidents involving hazardous chemicals. Proposed changes to the so-called Seveso...
December 21, 2010
U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. EPA have signed a statement of intent to cooperate with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) on issues relating to chemical safety and regulation. ECHA is the body responsible for implementing the Regulation, Authorisation and Evaluation of Chemicals (Reach) program in the European Union (EU). Under the terms of the agreement, the organizations would share knowledge and exchange experiences and best practices on chemicals management in areas including scientific collaboration and information exchange.


December 13, 2010
Both products are used primarily in fruit and vegetable crops, and are effective replacements for methyl bromide, an ozone-depleting fumigant that has been phased out for all but essential uses....
December 8, 2010
California's Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) says  it will register methyl iodide, a fumigant pesticide on California's list of cancer-causing chemicals, with the "most stringent restrictions in the nation."...
December 7, 2010
EPA has asked federal judges to extend the court-ordered deadline for finalizing its rule governing emissions from industrial boilers. A final rule for EPA’s maximum achievable...
December 7, 2010
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturers have welcomed a recent ruling by the European Parliament to allow the continued use of PVC without restrictions in electronic goods. The ruling...
December 6, 2010
The New York State Assembly has approved a moratorium on hydrofracking, or fracking until May 15, 2011 in order to allow more analysis of the controversial drilling technique. New...
December 6, 2010
The European Union (EU) will ban polycarbonate containing bisphenol A (BPA) for use in baby feeding bottles from June 1, 2011. The proposed ban was agreed on recently by a committee of government experts from EU member states. The EU’s decision comes two months after a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Brussels) advisory panel concluded there is no scientific data to support revising its Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) level for BPA in food packaging. However, a minority opinion by one panel member expressed concern about the weight of evidence indicating the most at-risk groups are pregnant or lactating women. “In particular, avoiding bottles made out of polycarbonate for formula-fed infants could significantly reduce their potential exposure,” she wrote....
December 6, 2010
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD; Paris) industrial chemicals database, eChemPortal, has updated its methodology to allow for searches based on the...
November 26, 2010
The European Union (EU) has banned polycarbonate that contains bisphenol A (BPA) in baby feeding bottles from June 1, 2011. The ruling has been made due to health concerns relating to...
November 26, 2010
Roquette (Lestrem, France), the world’s fourth largest producer of starch, says it plans to start producing commercial volumes of a range of bioplasticisers and biopolymers...
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