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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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Dow's Enlist trait gains USDA approval

Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved Dow Chemical’s agricultural chemicals segment's Enlist corn and soybean traits in the United States after "one of the most thorough reviews of a biotech trait in history," Dow says. The Enlist...

EPA and industry step up efforts to reduce HFCs

EPA today announced new actions and recognized private-sector commitments aimed at curbing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), greenhouse gases (GHGs) used in refrigeration and air conditioning. HFCs are one of the strongest GHGs in the atmosphere and are...

EU gives conditional approval to Huntsman's acquisition of Sachtleben from Rockwood; Huntsman to sell ink-grade TiO2 business to Chinese firm

The European Commission has given conditional approval to Huntsman's proposed acquisition of the Sachtleben (Duisburg, Germany) titanium dioxide (TiO2) business and performance additives business of Rockwood Holdings. The approval is conditional on the...

Chile's financial regulator fines SQM CEO and 7 others a combined $163 million for illegal share trading

Chile's financial regulator SVS (Santiago) has levied a combined $163-million fine on eight individuals and the country's largest brokerage firm, Larrain Vial (Santiago), for their involvement in the illegal trading of Sociedad Química Minera de Chile...

ECHA consults on recommendation that 22 substances be added to Reach authorization list

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it has launched a public consultation on its earlier recommendation that 22 substances be added to the list of substances subject to authorization under the European Union's Regulation, Evaluation...

Odebrecht's Ascent cracker project negotiates remediation agreement with WVDEP

Odebrecht’s (Salvador, Brazil) Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise (Ascent) steam cracker project continues to move forward with the acceptance of its voluntary remediation application by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Policy (WVDEP). The agency says its office of environmental remediation and Ascent are currently negotiating an agreement for the identification of health and ecological risks associated with current and potential future uses of the site and the establishment remediation standards....

ACC, Green Building Council join forces to advance LEED

ACC and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced a new initiative designed to ensure the use of sustainable and environmentally protective products in buildings by applying technical and science-based approaches to the LEED green building...

DuPont fined for violations at West Virginia plant

EPA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that DuPont has been fined $1.275 million for allegedly failing to prevent the release of harmful levels of hazardous materials from its Belle, WV site on 8 occasions between May 2006 and January 2010...

ACC testifies to Senate against EPA's call for stricter ozone standards

ACC’s v.p./regulatory and technical affairs, Michael Walls, today testified at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee minority briefing at Lake Charles, LA, regarding EPA's anticipated proposal to lower the National Ambient Air Quality Standard...

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