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October 24, 2008
President Bush has signed a rail safety bill into law that will allocate $1.6 billion for an enhanced rail safety program during the next five years. The bill mandates that positive...
October 24, 2008
The United Nations (UN) is considering adding endosulfan, tributyl tin, and chrysotile asbestos to its trade watch list. The Prior Informed Consent (PIC) list does not constitute a...
October 24, 2008
International environmental regulators have agreed to consider adding four new substances to the 2001 Stockholm Convention, an international treaty that bans or severely restricts 12...
October 16, 2008
The governments of Italy and Poland, and of six eastern European countries, attending a summit meeting in Brussels today, called on the European Union (EU) to delay its far-reaching...
October 10, 2008
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has listed 15 substances of very high concern (SVHC) that “may” become subject to the authorization phase of the European...
October 8, 2008
ECHA has published a statement calling on Reach applicants to “reflect upon their pre-registration strategy” and not to unnecessarily pre-register chemical substances...
October 8, 2008
The European Parliament’s environment committee has voted to adopt the European Commission’s proposed legislation to toughen the European Union (EU) emissions trading...
September 26, 2008
The chemical sector expects both drawbacks and opportunities from climate change regulation but anticipates that costs will outweigh the possible advantages, according to the Carbon...
September 26, 2008
The first mandatory U.S. cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from electric utilities took effect last week for 10 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. The program...
September 25, 2008
The European Union’s (EU) proposal to auction off greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions permits for the next phase of the region’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2013 through...
September 19, 2008
FDA officials last week heard a panel of outside experts comment on the administration’s recent safety assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials. FDA’s...
September 19, 2008
West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin (D.) will push for a bill requiring industrial facilities to notify state officials within 15 minutes of an industrial accident that requires...
September 19, 2008
The European Parliament’s Industry and Energy Committee voted 50-2 to scale back the European Commission’s previously announced plans to make renewable sources account for...
September 12, 2008
Congress may vote as early as this week on energy legislation that would expand drilling in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), industry representatives say. ACC says it supports a...
September 12, 2008
Comprehensive new pesticide residue restrictions entered into force in the European Union (EU) earlier this month, an effort officials say will harmonize regulations in the 27 EU...
September 12, 2008
A Florida appeals court has revived a 14-year-old Benlate lawsuit, one of the last in a long series of cases involving DuPont’s controversial herbicide. The Florida Court of...
September 12, 2008
The market for nanomaterials, or particles that are a thousand millionths of a meter­, has risen from a few hundred million dollars several years ago to billions of dollars...
September 8, 2008
The General Accounting Office (GAO; Washington) says that EPA’s inspector general (IG) should have permanent oversight of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB...
September 8, 2008
Canadian officials have listed four chemicals as toxic to humans under a government plan that requires officials to evaluate the safety of up to 30 “high priority”...
September 8, 2008
Texas Attorney General (AG) Greg Abbott (R.) says LyondellBasell subsidiaries Equistar Chemicals and Millennium Petrochemicals have agreed to split a $6.5 million fine to resolve an...
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