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Environment Protection Authority initiates legal proceedings against Orica over ammonia leak

1:27 AM MDT | April 16, 2014 | Deepti Ramesh

Davey: In this instance, the incident didn’t result in any environmental harm. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) of the state of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia announced on 8 April that it has commenced a prosecution against Orica...


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ACS 2014: Energy issues, new substrates, key drivers for coatings R&D

Research and development (R&D) in the paints and coatings industry is being driven by a variety of issues, chief among energy efficiency and the development of new substrates in some coatings end markets, say attendees and exhibitors at the American...

Anadarko settles Tronox clean-up case for $5.2 billion

Energy group Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (The Woodlands, TX) said on Thursday that it has entered into an agreement to resolve the long running Tronox pollution proceedings brought against the Anadarko subsidiary, Kerr-McGee Corp. The case concerned actions by...

Brominated flame retardants: European Commission requests monitoring in food

The European Commission says it has asked member states to monitor the presence of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in food over the next two years. The move is in response to recommendations by the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy)...

European Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote on F-gases

The European Commission says it welcomes the European Parliament’s recent approval of the commission’s proposal to significantly reduce emissions of fluorinated gases (F-gases), a family of powerful greenhouse gases (GHGs). F-gases have a warming...

Congress introduces bill to speed sunscreen ingredient approval

Bills have been introduced in the US House and Senate designed to clear the backlog of US FDA approval for sunscreen ingredients and implement a streamlined process for ingredient approval in the future. The bipartisan legislation, called the Sunscreen...

Plastic bags: EU countries to reduce usage by 80% by 2019

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted in favor of legislation to reduce the consumption of plastic carrier bags in the European Union. The parliament’s environment committee backed draft rules this week, under which European Union member...

Renewable energy reaches 14.1% of total EU energy consumption

The share of renewable energy in the gross final energy consumption of the 28 states in the European Union (EU 28) reached 14.1% in 2012, Eurostat, the European statistics office, says. In comparison, the level was 8.3% in 2004, the first year for which data...

Technip wins FEED contract for Shell CCS project in North Sea

Technip (Paris) says it has been awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract by Shell UK for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Scotland. The contract is for the onshore elements of the Peterhead CCS demonstration project, which is...

ECHA calls for testing proposals on various substances

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has called for testing proposals on 45 substances. A total of 68 hazard endpoints for vertebrate testing have been requested, including subchronic toxicity (90-day), oral, and inhalation; reproductive toxicity...

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