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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...
November 24, 2010
Metabolomics isn’t a field of science that many in the chemicals industry are familiar with, but it’s about to become a significant one for the sector. The metabolome is...
November 23, 2010
DuPont has agreed to settle a West Virginia class action lawsuit for $70 million, including periodic medical testing and check-ups for plaintiffs for a period of 30 years. DuPont...
November 23, 2010
Food and industrial starch supplier Penford (Centennial, CO) says it is developing a renewable-based replacement for perfluoronated acrylic polymers used to provide oil and grease...
November 22, 2010
EPA has proposed a list of 134 substances to screen for potential endocrine disrupting effects. The agency also has proposed draft policies that it will use to order the testing process, minimize duplicative testing, and to promote equitable cost-sharing. Public comments are due December 17. Companies producing listed chemicals will receive test orders next year "to compel them to generate data to determine whether their chemicals may disrupt the estrogen, androgen and thyroid pathways of the endocrine system," the agency says....
November 22, 2010
Cefic has disclosed that it will fund six new research projects to further scientific understanding about the environmental and human health impact of chemicals. The projects are part of Cefic’s Long-range Research Initiative (LRI) which has been running for more than 10 years at a cost of about €4 million ($5.5 million)/year. The projects selected are designed to address four critical areas of scientific methodology; scientific tools for enabling the acceptance of new technologies; understanding about the effects of mixtures of chemicals; and the health threats posed by the inhalation of certain chemicals, says Bruno Hubesch, program manager/Cefic LRI....
November 22, 2010
ACC president and CEO Cal Dooley said last week that industry will not back away from efforts to overhaul the Toxic Substances Reform Act (TSCA) despite changes in control of Congress...
November 22, 2010
An amendment seeking to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby products such as bottles and sippy cups has been blocked, says the measure’s sponsor Senator Dianne Feinstein (D....
November 19, 2010
An amendment seeking to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby products such as bottles and sippy cups has been blocked, says the measure’s sponsor Senator Dianne Feinstein...
November 9, 2010
The Chinese government says it aims to cut dioxin emissions in the country by 10% in the next five years. China has over 10,000 enterprises in 17 key industries discharging dioxin, the...
November 9, 2010
EPA has issued a subpoena to Halliburton due to the company's refusal to voluntarily submit data related to chemicals involved in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a process used for...
November 9, 2010
Written by Richard P. Hubner, president of The Sapphire Group (Bethesda, MD)  and his colleagues. The Sapphire Group is a risk management consulting firm. California is known for...
November 8, 2010
A study by researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Foundation (Oakland, CA) has found that bisphenol-A (BPA) exposure adversely impacts sperm quality in men. The study of 218 Chinese...
October 25, 2010
The U.S. EPA has outlined five goals, including ensuring safe chemicals management and taking action on climate change, for its five-year plan for 2011-2016. The other goals are protecting water, advancing sustainable development and community clean-up, and enforcing environmental laws. The goals for climate change include reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through energy efficiency and other measures....
October 25, 2010
Investment and environmental groups Green Century Funds (Boston) and As You Sow (San Francisco) have issued a consumer “report card” tallying food, beverage and retail companies’ commitment to phasing out bisphenol A (BPA). The “Seeking Safer Packaging 2010” report gives the highest scores to companies that have begun using BPA-free can lining for certain products and that have a timeline for eliminating BPA from all of its packaging products. Some of the largest corporations, including Coca-Cola, Del Monte, and Walmart, were among the lowest ranked firms because they “do not commit to phasing out the chemical, are not funding the exploration of substitutes, and fail to sufficiently disclose information about how they are addressing consumer concerns on the issue.”...
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