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

9:31 AM MDT | June 12, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

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...


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VCI: 'Highly ambitious' climate targets will result in weaker growth, reduced competitiveness

Germany’s chemical industry trade association VCI (Frankfurt) says that the target of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions agreed by European leaders is “highly ambitious.” The target will particularly effect emissions trading, which...

EPA proposes to remove 72 chemicals from approved pesticide inert ingredient list

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to remove 72 chemicals from its list of substances approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticide products. The move is in reponse to petitions from several advocate groups, including the Center...

European Commission consults the public on criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors

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...

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 opens public consultation on CLH proposals for azadirachtin, margosa extract, and terbuthylazine

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened public consultations on proposals for harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) of three substances: azadirachtin (Neem seeds extract), margosa extract, and terbuthylazine. Experts on the identity...

Commerce Department proposes final antidumping duties on Chinese refrigerant gases

The US Department of Commerce on 15 October released its proposed final resolution regarding antidumping duties and countervailing duties on Chinese refrigerant gases imported into the United States. The proposed final resolution ruled that imports from China...

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...

Tetrachloroethylene: No EU regulatory action needed based on substance evaluation report

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has published a substance evaluation report for tetrachloroethylene. The evaluating member state, Latvia, has evaluated the substance without needing to ask further information from the registrants and concludes...

Dow gains final approval for Enlist herbicide

EPA announced today that it is registering Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide for use on corn and soybeans after a thorough assessment confirmed the product meets the necessary safety standards. Enlist Duo contains both glyphosate and a choline salt of 2,4-D that is...

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