Monthly Archives: December 2016

U.S. EPA Plans to Prohibit Trichloroethylene

The American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to prohibit the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) as an aerosol degreaser and an ingredient in dry cleaning. The planned prohibition covers manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce. The plans mark the first time … Continue reading

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Japan Revises Its Chemicals Law

Japan wants to accelerate the testing and evaluation of substances, so it is reviewing its Chemical Substances Control Law (CSCL), which took effect in 2011. A committee made up of delegates from three ministries (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry … Continue reading

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GHS: Canada Issues Part II of its Technical Guidance

At the beginning of December, the Canadian health ministry, Health Canada, published the second part of its Technical Guidance, which focuses on the dangers and classification of substances. Part I deals with classification criteria and the handling of confidential business … Continue reading

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European Court of Justice: Information on Substances Must Be Publicly Accessible

According to the EU Aarhus Regulation (EC No. 1367/2006), EU agencies must make the results of environmental tests on two pesticides accessible to the public. The European Court of Justice issued that decision on November 23. Public interest is more … Continue reading

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Brexit: REACH in UK on Shaky Foundations

A hard Brexit would mean the end of REACH in England. That’s the finding recently given by chemical compliance expert Riku Rinta-Jouppi at a summit meeting in Brussels sponsored by Chemical Watch. Representatives of the chemicals industry in England clearly … Continue reading

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Germany: Committee Approves New Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances

The Committee on Hazardous Substances (Ausschuss für Gefahrstoffe: AGS) held its 59th Session (available in German only) in mid-November and approved new editions, modifications, and supplements for the Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances (Technische Regeln für Gefahrstoffe: TRGS), which should … Continue reading

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Conflict Minerals: EU Agrees on Draft Law

Representatives of the EU Commission, the European Parliament, and the Council of Ministers have agreed on a regulation that is to limit trading in conflict minerals. Such items are raw materials mined in regions in conflict – and are most … Continue reading

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