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European Commission consults the public on criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors

7:09 AM MDT | October 22, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Commission has launched an online public consultation to help define criteria for identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC), as required by the regulations on biocidal products (BPR) and plant protection products (PPP). Interested parties...


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UK's CBI: 'Competitiveness must be at heart of EU climate discussions'

UK employers' association CBI (London), commenting ahead of a meeting of the European Council in Brussels, says that “competitiveness must be at the heart of European Union climate discussions, and that there must be greater support for energy-intensive...

ECHA: Alternative methods to avoid testing chemicals on animals

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC; Brussels) has produced a state-of-the-art review of test methods and computational approaches as alternatives to animal experiments for the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki), the agency says. The...

Germany's environment minister: Economy plays a central role in climate protection

Increasing energy efficiency is a requirement to protect the climate but offers the German economy many opportunities, Barbara Hendricks, Germany’s environment minister, said during an energy efficiency congress of the Federation of German Industries...

ECHA calls for evidence on the persistence and bioaccumulation of two siloxanes

The United Kingdom competent authority says that it will submit a restriction proposal to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) in January 2015 to restrict octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) based on concerns...

Fluorinated gas usage in the European Union declines for third consecutive year: EEA report

The use of fluorinated gases (F-gases) in the European Union has fallen for the third consecutive year, according to a report, Fluorinated greenhouse gases 2013, published by the European Environment Agency (EEA; Copenhagen). F-gases are greenhouse gases...

ECHA's biocidal products committee adopts ten opinions

The biocidal products committee (BPC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has adopted opinions on four active substances: glutaraldehyde; clothianidin; 2-methylisothiazol-3(2H)-one (MIT); and N,N'-methylenebismorpholine (MBM). The adopted...

Goodyear looking to source silica from rice husk ash

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (Akron, OH) announced today that it has found silica derived from rice husk ash to have equal performance to traditional sources in reducing rolling resistance in tires and is negotiating with potential suppliers to...

K+S to invest €400 million to remedy environmental pollution at potash operations in Germany

The federal state of Hessen, Germany, has agreed with potash producer K+S on a four-step plan to permanently dispose of saline wastewater in the Werra potash district in Germany. The key points presented today by environment minister Priska Hinz together with...

EPA and industry step up efforts to reduce HFCs

EPA today announced new actions and recognized private-sector commitments aimed at curbing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), greenhouse gases (GHGs) used in refrigeration and air conditioning. HFCs are one of the strongest GHGs in the atmosphere and are...

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