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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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Reports: Brazil court blocks Petrobras gas pipeline project

TCU (Brasilia), Brazil's court of audit,  has blocked Petrobras's tender for the concession of the country's first gas pipeline, in a vote carried out on 27 May, according to local media reports. The cost of constructing an 11.4-kilometer mesh to support...

EFSA requests new information on the risk to bees of three neonicotinoids

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has issued a call for additional information on in support of its efforts to evaluate the risks posed to bee by certain neonicotinoid pesticides. The data request is in compliance with a decision taken...

VCI calls on the Mittelstand to support TTIP

The committee of independent companies of Germany’s chemical trade association VCI (Frankfurt) has proposed a so-called Mittelstandsmemorandum on TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment partnership being negotiated between the European Union and...

India slaps dumping duties on sodium citrate from China for five years

India has levied antidumping duties on sodium citrate originating in China for five years effective 20 May, the Ministry of Finance (New Delhi) says.   Tariffs levied are $367.59/m.t., the ministry says. “The subject goods have been exported to...

Europe's GHG emissions fall by 4.5% in 2014

Emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from installations participating in the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) decreased by about 4.5% in 2014, according to estimates. The EU ETS covers more than 11,000 power plants and manufacturing...

DuPont fined $99,000 for fatal La Porte mercaptan release

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has cited DuPont for 11 safety violations and fined the company $99,000 after investigating a methyl mercaptan leak that killed four employees at DuPont’s La Porte, TX, facility in November 2014....

Europe to limit emissions from medium-size combustion plants

The European Parliament’s environment committee approved draft plans this week under which EU member states would have to enforce emission limits on from medium-sized combustion plants such as electricity generators or heating systems. The maximum...

Reform of investment protection within TTIP; VCI welcomes commission's proposals

The European Union and the United States are negotiating a comprehensive free trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). One aspect of the agreement that has met much public discussion is the so-called investor-state dispute...

VCI calls for clear guidelines for natural gas production, calls for use of fracking technology

At the start of a consultation in Germany’s parliament and upper chamber on the question of fracking, the country’s chemical industry trade association VCI (Frankfurt) has called for clear guidelines for natural gas production. “Domestic...

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