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European Commission urges Germany to act more against nitrate pollution in water

11:23 AM MDT | July 29, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Commission says it is urging Germany to take stronger measures to combat water pollution caused by nitrates. The latest figures submitted by Germany in 2012 show that pollution in ground- and surface water caused by nitrates is getting worse...


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RPM earnings rise, subsidiary agrees to settle asbestos claims

RPM today reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income up 66.4% year-on-year (YOY), to $108.8 million, on sales up 9.1%, to $1.28 billion. On an adjusted basis—excluding some charges during last year’s quarter—net income rose 14.1% YOY...

Evogene and Marrone Bio collaborate on biopesticides

Israeli plant genomics firm Evogene (Rehovot) and biopesticide maker Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI; Davis, CA) announced today that they have signed a multiyear, collaborative agreement targeting jointly discovering novel modes of biological action for insect...

Report: Reducing exposure to EDCs could save up to $42 billion/year in Europe

The European Union could realize health cost savings of up to €31 billion/year ($42 billion) by reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC), according to a report commission by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL; Brussels). Research...

ECHA opens public consultation on draft SEAC opinion restricting nonylphenol, nonylphenol ethoxylates

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on a draft opinion by its committee for socioeconomic analysis (SEAC). The opinion is on a proposal restricting the use of branched and linear nonylphenol (NP) and branched and...

Report: China raises rare earth production quotas

China's mining authorities have increased the production quota of rare earth metals for 2014 to 105,000 m.t., about 12% higher than 2013's quota, reports say. The prior quota of 93,800 m.t had remained unchanged since 2011. China still accounts for the vast...

European Council agrees to allow member states to restrict or ban cultivation of GMOs

The European Council has reached agreement that provides for a two-step procedure enabling European member states to restrict or even ban the cultivation of authorized genetically-modified organisms (GMO) on their respective territories, the European...

England to introduce compulsory charge for plastic bags in most shops

England is to join the rest of the United Kingdom in introducing a compulsory charge on most plastic shopping bags. The proposal will be announced today in the Queen’s Speech to Parliament, in which the government sets out its legislative program for...

South Korea first country to approve Bayer's new rice herbicide

Bayer's crop science division said today that South Korea has become the first country worldwide to approve its new rice herbicide, Council. Market launch in Korea is scheduled for 2015 with other major rice-growing countries in Asia to follow...

BASF first company in Europe to switch XPS production to new flame retardant

BASF announced today that it has become the first European manufacturer to have completely switched a production plant for extruded polystyrene rigid foam (XPS) to a new polymeric flame retardant (PolyFR).  Styrodur insulating panels produced at...

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