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EFSA requests new information on the risk to bees of three neonicotinoids

6:47 AM MDT | May 25, 2015 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has issued a call for additional information on in support of its efforts to evaluate the risks posed to bee by certain neonicotinoid pesticides. The data request is in compliance with a decision taken...


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Europe to limit emissions from medium-size combustion plants

The European Parliament’s environment committee approved draft plans this week under which EU member states would have to enforce emission limits on from medium-sized combustion plants such as electricity generators or heating systems. The maximum...

EU ETS: Market stability reserve to start in 2019; VCI warns of additional cost burden for chemical industry

The European Council, under the current Latvian presidency, and members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have agreed on a draft law to reform the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). A market stability reserve (MSR) to support the EU ETS...

Israel orders plant closures in Haifa over cancer scare

Israel’s largest refining and petrochemicals group, Oil Refineries Ltd. (ORL; Haifa), a part of Israel Corp., on Sunday was ordered by the mayor of Haifa to close five plants in the Haifa Bay area. This order follows a report showing high cancer rates...

Germany's greenhouse gas emissions fall YOY for first time in three years

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Germany in 2014 fell in comparison with those in the previous period for the first time in three years, the federal environment ministry (UBA) reports. Emissions decreased by more than 41 million m.t. of carbon dioxide...

Cefic to sell ReachCentrum to ERM

Environmental and sustainability consultancy ERM (London) says it has acquired ReachCentrum (Brussels) from Cefic. ReachCentrum is involved in the registration market for the European Union’s Reach (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and...

ACC's Dooley remains confident on US shale advantage and TSCA reform prospects

The US chemical industry is poised to capitalize on the increased supply of energy and feedstocks that will allow it to reestablish itself as a leading global supplier, ACC president and CEO Cal Dooley told attendees of ACC’s Responsible Care...

Industry expresses support for House TSCA reform bill

Industry groups welcomed House draft legislation aimed at reforming US chemical management, with both ACC and Socma testifying on 14 April before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy in support of the bipartisan discussion draft of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015....

EFSA publishes annual overview for general public on chemicals in food

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has published its annual overview on chemicals in food. The report is targeted at the general public and aims to give non-specialists a balanced view of the findings of annual EU-wide monitoring of...

BioAmber licenses JM Davy BDO and THF technologies

Renewable chemicals firm BioAmber (Minneapolis) says it has entered into a technology license agreement with Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies (JM Davy) that will enable BioAmber to construct and operate 1,4 butanediol (BDO) and tetrahydrofuran (THF) plants...

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