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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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EPA proposes stricter ozone standards

The EPA said today that it was proposing stricter ozone standards within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb), while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. EPA last updated these standards in 2008, setting them at 75 ppb. Industry groups say...

European Commission agrees to 'enhanced transparency' on TTIP talks

The European Commission has adopted a communication from European trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström putting forth decisions on enhanced transparency of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks. These decisions include publishing...

ECHA's registry of intentions updated with six new intentions and one new submission

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has announced that the registry of intentions has updated with six new intentions and one new submission. The new intentions are: iprodione; colecalciferol (vitamin D3); maleic anhydride; succinic anhydride...

Commerce Dept. raises tariffs on steam-activated carbon from China

The US Dept. of Commerce has issued new tariffs on steam-activated carbon from China, says Calgon Carbon (Pittsburgh). The new tariffs, which range from 1.8 cts/lb to $1.10/lb, average 18 cts/lb, more than double the former average of 7 cts/lb, the company says....

NACD 2014: Regulatory hurdles persist

After the recent US mid-term elections with Republicans once again taking control of the Senate, distributors and producers are holding out hope that the regulatory burden lessens and that legislation such as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is pushed...

ECHA requests testing proposals for five substances

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has called for a total of eight testing proposals for five substances. The chemicals in question and the hazard endpoints for which vertebrate testing has been proposed are as follows: esterification products of...

EU trade commissioner Malmström visits Berlin

European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström visited Berlin this week, where she met Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. The focus of their discussions was the trade agreements of the European Union...

European HFC producers support action for a cap and reduction

The European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC), part of Cefic, says it encourages parties to the Montreal Protocol to reach an agreement for a global cap and a reduction in the consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), using an approach weighted on...

Brazil blocks Braskem's acquisition of Solvay Indupa (update, adds Braskem comment)

Brazil's competition authority CADE (Brasilia) has rejected Braskem's proposed acquisition of Solvay's 70.59% stake in chlorvinyls company Solvay Indupa (Buenos Aires). The decision was taken during a public hearing held on 12 November, Solvay says. CADE...

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