Monthly Archives: March 2017

Trump Wants to Shut Off Funds for the EPA

Donald Trump wants to reduce the budget of the EPA from €8.2 billion to€5.7 billion. That’s the intention of the current budget proposal. The blood-letting is not without consequences for EPA staff or projects that are being planned or are … Continue reading

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Japanese Companies Struggle with Safety Data Sheets

At the request of the Japanese government, the Mitsubishi Chemical Techno-Research Corporation studied how Japanese companies are dealing with safety data sheets and labels. It surveyed a total of 624 companies, about three-quarters of which were small and midsize enterprises … Continue reading

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Canada Limits the Export of Mercury

Canada has amended its Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) and now limits the export of mixtures that contain mercury in concentrations of 95% and higher by weight. The regulation does not affect: Mercury waste and material that can be recycled, … Continue reading

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Aldi Removes Pesticides from Its Shelves

In the United States, Aldi is becoming a brand that stands for healthy choices in shopping. The discounter celebrated its 40th anniversary in the United States last year. The company consistently looks toward sustainability in groceries and has banned products … Continue reading

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ECHA Concerned About Incomplete REACH Dossiers

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a new REACH Progress Report 2016. The document reports on the results of current dossier assessments. Last year, the assessors examined a total of 184 registration dossiers, primarily those for substances hazardous to … Continue reading

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South Korea Goes After Contaminators

The South Korean environmental ministry has proven violations of the K-REACH chemicals law by 33 companies and individuals. All cases involve the prohibited sale and use of polyhexamethylene guanidine (PHMG). Historically, the substance was added to disinfectants for humidifiers in … Continue reading

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Sweden Sues EU Commission

The Swedish Environment Ministry has sued the EC Commission over an authorization decision made in September of last year. The EU had approved the manufacture and use of two lead chromate pigments by Dominion Colour Corporation, a Canadian firm, although … Continue reading

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