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May 14, 2009
U.S. Advances Parallel Climate Mandates U.S. regulators and lawmakers have taken significant steps toward mandatory controls on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in recent weeks, and some...
April 10, 2009
EPA has released a long-range plan for overhauling the way it prioritizes and conducts chemical risk assessments. The plan implements the recommendations of the federal National...
April 10, 2009
OSHA needs to move quickly on regulating diacetyl, an ingredient used in popcorn butter flavoring that has been linked to respiratory problems in some workers, says Hilda Solis...
April 10, 2009
The Ontario Ministry of Environment (Toronto) proposed toxics use-reduction legislation last week that industry executives say would duplicate current efforts under Canada’s...
April 10, 2009
Socma says that the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) needs to be modified but maintains that a complete overhaul would be “overly burdensome” to small- and mid-size...
March 12, 2009
The manufacture of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) will be banned in the European Union (EU) from 2020, under an agreement reached between EU member governments and the European...
March 6, 2009
More than 70% of firms underreport their large environmental fines to the SEC, according to research by the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville). SEC regulations require companies to...
March 6, 2009
EPA administrator Lisa Jackson launched an initiative last week to monitor the level of air toxics near schools, focusing in part on areas near large industrial facilities. EPA says it...
March 6, 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court will not consider an appeal by petitioners in three separate Agent Orange cases. Two groups of U.S. veterans and one of Vietnamese citizens had asked the high...
March 6, 2009
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D., VT) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R., UT) introduced patent-reform legislation last week that would overhaul the U.S. patent system...
February 27, 2009
A shipment of chemicals from the U.S. has been temporarily held in a port in the European Union (EU) as EU officials demanded evidence of pre-registration and compliance according...
February 20, 2009
Representative Frank Pallone (D., NJ) has introduced a bill that would rescind EPA’s 2006 changes to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and reinstate the original reporting...
February 20, 2009
The Government Accounting Office (GAO; Washington) has identified EPA’s chemical management program as a high-risk area of federal government in need of significant changes...
February 20, 2009
The FDA will update the public about bisphenol A (BPA) at a February 24 public meeting, according to a notice published in the February 10 Federal Register. FDA has ruled that BPA is...
February 20, 2009
Congress will not take up a proposal by Senator Jim DeMint (R., SC) that would have altered a controversial product safety law. Lawmakers have stripped DeMint’s amendment, which...
February 11, 2009
A U.S. version of the European Union’s (EU) Registration, Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals (Reach) program is now a real possibility, according to Tucker Helmes, senior...
February 5, 2009
The Four Democrats have asked President Obama to seek the resignation of Nancy Nord, the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), saying she “grossly...
January 26, 2009
Germany has proposed regulations that would limit the import of biofuels from the U.S., local press reports say. The German proposal would bar the import of biofuels made from soybean...
January 26, 2009
The European Union (EU) has failed to reach an agreement on Bayer CropScience’s request for approval of its T25 genetically modified (GM) canola seeds, which is altered to resist...
January 26, 2009
The European Parliament and European Council have approved a ban on dichloromethane (DCM) from paint strippers intended for consumer use and have strengthened the restrictions on...
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