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Update on REACH

It’s been awhile since I wrote anything about the European chemical legislation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances). Under Reach regulations, substances that are manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of more than 1,000 tonnes/year and hazardous substances must be registered up to the November 30 2010 deadline. My colleague […]

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EPA to start regulating GHG

So I finally finished my article about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to regulate under the Clean Air Act (CAA) greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources. This is very timely given that agency published its final rule yesterday (and my deadline is this week). Here’s a little bit of a snapshot of the GHG […]

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Climate Bill reactions

I am trying to wrap up my article on EPA’s GHG rule on stationary sources when I just saw on twitter that the EPA is expecting to announce its guidelines for that rule today. Aarrrrgh!! So while my article is in limbo, we’ll take a brief look on the newly introduced 1,000 page climate bill […]

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Petroleum people are not anti-green

The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) reiterated yesterday that their members are not anti-green jobs or anti-clean energy, they just want Congress not to over-tax and over-regulate the domestic refining and petrochemical industry into extinction. NPRA president Charles Drevna presented the industry’s views yesterday at a hearing entitled “Clean Energy Policies That Reduce Our […]

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Chemical reform debate is on!

The newly introduced “Safe Chemicals Act of 2010” by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), which aims to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 was the biggest news in the chemical industry yesterday. Senator Lautenberg chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health. Here are the highlights of the bill: Provides EPA […]

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EPA moves in on BPA

This news is very timely given my article on Bisphenol-A published today on ICIS Chemical Business. Let’s go first to the EPA news before I discuss my article. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it plans to add BPA on its list of chemicals of concern, which will require its further testing […]

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Big Biofuel News

I was writing about DuPont Danisco’s big cellulosic ethanol news from last week when President Obama just announced the government’s plans to boost biofuels production in the USA. Coinciding with the speech is the announcement from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about its final ruling on the expanded Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2). Under RFS2, […]

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Secret chemicals are out

I’ve been seeing this issue for days now and I might as well put it out before it disappears (which is probably unlikely!). A recent report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which spurred the publication of a Washington Post article, talked about 17,000 chemicals that are being kept secret (their names and properties) from […]

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EPA’s 4 new chemicals of concern

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just announced that it is raising its red warning flag on four chemicals – phthalates, short chain chlorinated paraffins, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and perfluorinated chemicals (including PFOA) that are believed to be of concern to health and environment. The EPA said it is using, for the first time, […]

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Regulation pushes fragrance vs flavours

Increasing regulatory issues pushed the fragrance group of the European Flavours and Fragrance Association (EFFA) to move its regulatory and advocacy activities to the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) effective January 1, 2010. Cristina Arregui, EFFA’s manager on Reach (Europe’s ongoing chemical legislation) will move to the newly created IFRA EU affairs department, according to the […]

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