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Trump picks Scott Pruitt to head EPA

December 8, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead EPA, according to numerous press reports. Pruitt has been a vocal critic of the agency. He is among a number of officials who sued EPA over Clean Power Plan, which was...

EPA proposes ban on TCE in aerosol degreasing, dry cleaning

December 7, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

EPA announced today that is proposing a ban on certain uses of trichloroethylene (TCE). The measure is its first proposed ban since its authority to regulate chemicals already in commerce was expanded earlier this year. The Agency says it identified serious...

ECHA, European Commission sign agreement on nanomaterials

December 7, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki, Finland) and the European Commission have signed an agreement on nanomaterials. The agreement marks the formal kickoff for ECHA to start working on the European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials (EU-ON). The...

Braskem, Odebrecht face $2.5 billion in corruption penalties in Brazil, US

December 2, 2016 | Ian Young

Braskem is in "advanced stage" negotiations with authorities in Brazil and the United States related to Brazil's biggest corruption investigation, known as Operation Car Wash, according to a US securities filing. Braskem says in a statement it...

Europe unveils clean energy package focused on efficiency, renewables, markets

December 2, 2016 | Ian Young

The chemical industry has welcomed the proposals....

EPA announces first chemicals subject to review under TSCA reform

November 29, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

EPA today announced the first chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under the newly passed reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). They include 1,4-dioxane, 1-bromopropane, asbestos, carbon...

ECHA showcases efforts to replace hazardous chemicals in consumer goods

November 24, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

One of the cornerstones of the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation is the authorization list, whereby users of those chemicals must apply for authorization to be able to continue to do...

Celanese alleges infringement of patent, US trade commission to investigate import of sweeteners from China

November 24, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain high-potency sweeteners, for human consumption, such as acesulfame potassium (Ace-K). Celanese (Dallas, Texas) recently filed a complaint with the commission...

MEPs reject proposal to ask European Court of Justice for an opinion on EU–Canada trade deal

November 23, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Parliament has rejected a request by several members to refer the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion. CETA is a major trade agreement between the European Union and Canada...

NACD 2016: Trump administration will work in favor of chemical industry

November 17, 2016 | Jing Chen

Policies under the incoming Trump administration, including scaling back regulations on the chemical sector from the last several years, should be a boon for the industry, according to Jennifer Gibson, vice president/regulatory affairs at National Association...

NACD 2016: Regulators, industry organizations need to work together to thrive

November 17, 2016 | Jing Chen

Both regulators and industry organizations agree that collaborative efforts between the two sides need to happen in order to move toward a safe and cohesive chemical environment. During the “Enhancing Chemical Safety: Industry Efforts and Regulator...

EU delays review deadline for ChemChina-Syngenta deal

November 17, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

The European Commission has extended the deadline for its antitrust review of ChemChina’s $43-billion acquisition of Syngenta by 10 working days, to 29 March 2017. The reason for the delay has not been disclosed...

California approves Marrone's bionematicide

November 17, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz

Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI; Davis, California), a manufacturer of biobased pest management and plant health products, says the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has approved its bionematicide, Majestene, a broad-spectrum, natural...

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