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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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European Parliament industry committee fails to agree on reform date for EU ETS

The industry, research, and energy committee of the European Parliament today rejected an amendment to begin reform of the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) in 2017 by a margin of two votes, according to a report by Reuters. The...

EU authorizes UK state aid for biomass-based combined-heat-and-power plant

The European Commission has decided that UK plans to provide financial support for the building of a combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant at Teesside, UK are in line with EU state aid rules. The plant will use biomass to provide electricity to the United...

Mexichem appeals ITC ruling that China did not dump HFC-134a in US market

Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) is appealing a ruling by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) that the import of the refrigerant hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-134a from China does not harm the refrigerant gas industry in the United States. Chinese producers of the refrigerant, also known as R-134a and 1,1,1,2-tetrafluorethane, could have been hit with hefty antidumping duties of 280.67% and antisubsidy duties averaging 11.14%, after an affirmative determination by the US Department of Commerce on 15 October 2014....

EFSA: Bisphenol A exposure does not pose a health risk for consumers

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has completed its comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity. EFSA concludes that “BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure...

Russia cuts export duties on aromatics

Russia is cutting its export duty on benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX), as well as for crude oil and other derivatives, effective February, the Ministry of Economy (Moscow) announced. Export duties on BTX, middle distillates, and lubricating oil will be...

Bayer CropScience's new Sivanto insecticide receives US registration

Bayer CropScience says it has has received registration for its new insecticide Sivanto from EPA. Sivanto, which was developed to control devastating sucking pests on fruits and vegetables, as well as most broadacre crops, will be available for the 2015...

ECHA: high level of adherence to harmonized classification for substances with carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reprotoxic properties

The overwhelming majority of companies are adhering to the harmonized classification of substances that have carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reprotoxic properties (CMR), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) says in its new CMR report, published today...

USDA deregulates Monsanto weed-control traits

Monsanto says U.S. Department of Agriculture has deregulated Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant trait technologies–Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex™ cotton. These weed management solutions will provide farmers with more...

Obama administration aims to cut methane emissions from oil and gas sector by 40–45%

The Obama administration has announced a goal to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas sector by 40–45% by 2025, compared with the levels in 2012. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas (GHG), with a global warming potential 25 times that of carbon...

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