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European Commission urges Germany to act more against nitrate pollution in water

11:23 AM MDT | July 29, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Commission says it is urging Germany to take stronger measures to combat water pollution caused by nitrates. The latest figures submitted by Germany in 2012 show that pollution in ground- and surface water caused by nitrates is getting worse...


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Stora Enso acquires North American biotechnology company

Stora Enso (Helsinki) has acquired 100% of the shares of the Virdia (Danville, VA), a developer of extraction and separation technologies for converting cellulosic biomass into highly refined sugars and lignin, Stora Enso says. The  transaction was...

Edeniq partners with Chinese firm to develop corn stover-to-industrial sugars technology

Edeniq (Visalia, CA), a cellulosic sugar producer, has signed a letter of intent with Global Bio-chem Technology Group (Hong Kong) to develop and commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial sugars for use in the production of chemicals...

Evonik invests in biobased lubricants start-up Biosynthetic Technologies

Evonik Industries said today that it has closed on an equity investment in Biosynthetic Technologies (BT; Irvine, CA), a specialist in biobased lubricants. BT has developed and manufactures estolides, a new class of biobased synthetic oils that are used...

ExxonMobil to invest more than $1 billion in Antwerp refinery

Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil, announced today that it plans to install a new delayed coker unit at its 320,000=bbl/day Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher-sulfur residual oils into transportation fuels products, such as marine gas oil and...

Russian firm plans oleochemicals plant in Alabuga SEZ

Russian joint stock company Gammachim (Moscow), a trader in oils, fats, and detergents, plans to build a higher fatty alcohols plant in the special economic zone (SEZ) of Alabuga, local reports say. Alabuga is the largest industrial SEZ in Russia and is 200...

England to introduce compulsory charge for plastic bags in most shops

England is to join the rest of the United Kingdom in introducing a compulsory charge on most plastic shopping bags. The proposal will be announced today in the Queen’s Speech to Parliament, in which the government sets out its legislative program for...

Deinove signs bioethanol agreements with Abengoa and Suez Environment

Deinove (Montpelier, France), a clean technology company that designs and develops new-generation industrial processes based on the exploitation of Deinococcus bacteria, today announced the signing of two agreements, one with Abengoa (Seville, Spain) and the...

DIB: German government policy on biotech is contradictory

The German association of biotechnology industries (DIB; Frankfurt), at its annual press conference at Frankfurt today, criticize the contradictory character of the federal government’s current biotechnology policy. Discussions currently underway within...

South Korea first country to approve Bayer's new rice herbicide

Bayer's crop science division said today that South Korea has become the first country worldwide to approve its new rice herbicide, Council. Market launch in Korea is scheduled for 2015 with other major rice-growing countries in Asia to follow...

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