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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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Public consultation launched on proposals to identify two substances as SVHC

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; Helsinki) has opened a public consultation on proposals to identify two new substances of very high concern (SVHC), part of the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals...

EPA approves several new refrigerants

US EPA has approved several new refrigerant substances in coordination with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the agency says. The new refrigerants have lower global warming potential (GWP) than hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are currently in...

Honeywell taps Metabolix for a biodegradable alternative to personal care microbeads

Biopolymers firm Metabolix (Cambridge, MA) announced today that it has entered into a global, exclusive commercial and technology alliance with Honeywell to offer new marine biodegradable biopolymers for use in cosmetics and personal care products...

ACC highlights recent conclusions on BPA: 'FDA and EFSA assessments clearly state that BPA is safe'

ACC today began a communications campaign to highlight recent conclusions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) and the US FDA regarding the safety of bisphenol A (BPA). The council says that it “believes that it is important to...

India to cut customs duties on products including styrene, naphtha

India plans to reduce customs duties on a range of petrochemical products and feedstocks, such as styrene monomer and naphtha, when its fiscal year 2015-16 begins on 1 April, the Ministry of Finance (New Delhi) said yesterday. Basic custom duties on styrene...

California seeks to list styrene as carcinogen

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s office of environmental health hazard assessment (OEHHA) says that it intends to list styrene as known to cause cancer under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as...

Mixed responses to reform of European emissions trading system

The European Union’s emissions trading system (EU ETS) allows businesses to purchase permits for carbon dioxide emissions. The current glut of allowances on the market has caused the price of permits to drop to €7–€8 ($8–9) per...

EU environment committee votes for market stability reserve to take effect start of 2019

The environment committee of the European Parliamentary has voted in favor of a reform of the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), backing a draft law to reduce the current surplus of emission permits in an attempt to support the price...

India extends antidumping duty on acetone from Korea by five years

India has extended an antidumping duty on acetone from South Korea by five years starting 18 February, the Ministry of Finance (New Delhi) says. The extension results from a sunset review (SSR) carried out by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (New Delhi)...

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