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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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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...

New CLH consultation for the pesticide tefluthrin

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says it has started a 45-day public commenting period on the harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) proposal for the pesticide tefluthrin. The substance is an insecticide mainly used to protect sugar beet...

Pemex awarded all of the proven and possible reserves it requested in Mexico's energy reform

Sener, Mexico's ministry of energy; and the National Hydrocarbons Commission (Mexico City) have assigned to Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) the rights to 83% of the country's probable and proven (2P) oil and gas reserves, Sener announced. These represent...

Mexico passes energy reform

The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, has signed the country's energy reform bill into law, the president's office says. The law preserves and guarantees state ownership of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex; Mexico City) and the Comisión...

WTO rejects China's appeal of ruling against rare earth export restrictions

The World Trade Organization (WTO; Geneva) has rejected an appeal by China against a WTO ruling earlier this year that China's export restrictions on the key industrial raw materials rare earths, molybdenum, and tungsten violate trade rules. WTO's appellate...

Linde receives grant to build more hydrogen refueling stations in California

Linde says it has been awarded a $4.3-million grant by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to construct retail hydrogen fueling stations in Northern California. The stations will be located at the Oakland International Airport and at Toyota property at San...

VCI: No reduction in chemical safety standards through TTIP

Germany’s chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) has pointed out that the country’s chemical industry is not calling for mutual recognition of existing standards for the registration of chemicals as part of the current negotiations for the...

OCI Partners gets greenhouse gas permit for expansion project

EPA has issued a final greenhouse gas prevention of significant deterioration construction permit for the expansion of OCI Partners' (OCI; Nederland, TX) methanol plant near Beaumont, TX. OCI plans to increase the plant’s methanol capacity by 25%, to 912,000 m.t./year and its ammonia capacity by 15%, to 305,000 m.t./year....

Senate passes CFATS reauthorization program

The US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental affairs, with a bipartisan vote, today passed an amended version of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program (CFATS) Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014, or H.R...

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