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European Council ready to negotiate with parliament over market stability reserve

11:27 AM MDT | March 26, 2015 | Michael Ravenscroft

The presidency of the European Council, the institution of the heads of state or government of the member states of the European Union, currently held by Latvia, has a mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament on the establishment and...


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IEA: Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions stalled in 2014

Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the energy sector stalled in 2014, marking the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt or reduction in emissions of the greenhouse gas (GHG) that was not tied to an economic downturn, according to...

EFSA report: More than half of food samples in EU are free of pesticide residues

About 55% of food samples evaluated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) show no detectable traces of pesticide residues, the authority says. Of the samples that show residual pesticides, the levels fall within the legal limits in more...

Industry welcomes latest bipartisan TSCA reform bill

US Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) today introduced the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, major bipartisan legislation aimed at updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. ACC welcomed the bill as a...

EEA environment report 2015: some success and benefits, but "huge challenges" remain

The European Environment Agency (EEA; Copenhagen) has just published The European Environment—State and Outlook 2015; synthesis report, which synthesizes the information resulting from four decades of implementation of a well-defined and ambitious EU...

EPA approves several new refrigerants

US EPA has approved several new refrigerant substances in coordination with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the agency says. The new refrigerants have lower global warming potential (GWP) than hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are currently in...

Honeywell taps Metabolix for a biodegradable alternative to personal care microbeads

Biopolymers firm Metabolix (Cambridge, MA) announced today that it has entered into a global, exclusive commercial and technology alliance with Honeywell to offer new marine biodegradable biopolymers for use in cosmetics and personal care products...

ACC highlights recent conclusions on BPA: 'FDA and EFSA assessments clearly state that BPA is safe'

ACC today began a communications campaign to highlight recent conclusions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) and the US FDA regarding the safety of bisphenol A (BPA). The council says that it “believes that it is important to...

Mixed responses to reform of European emissions trading system

The European Union’s emissions trading system (EU ETS) allows businesses to purchase permits for carbon dioxide emissions. The current glut of allowances on the market has caused the price of permits to drop to €7–€8 ($8–9) per...

Industry welcomes clean water bill

Industry is praising A new Senate bill, S.460, aimed at amending the Safe Drinking Water Act to better protect America’s drinking water from cyanotoxins. ACC says the bill is a “strategic plan [that] will improve coordination among...

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