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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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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...

US ITC rules against antidumping duties on imports of refrigerant gases from China

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has determined that imports of refrigerant gas R-134a from China do not harm the US industry. As a result, no antidumping or countervailing duty orders will be issued on imports of this product from...

ECHA starts public consultation on methyl hydrazine under CLH

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation for methyl hydrazine under the harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) regulation. The CLH dossier is being submitted by the Netherlands. The hazard class open for comments...

ECHA updates information on candidate list, substances in articles for consumer use

The non-confidential information on the candidate list “substances in articles for consumer use” has been updated, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says. The update includes information from the 328 notifications and from...

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