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US Environmental Protection Agency Publishes Rule to Improve Reporting of Chemical Information

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is increasing the type and amount of information it collects on commercial chemicals from chemical manufacturers, allowing the agency to better identify and manage potential risks to Americans’ health and the environment.


Online REACH search tool “The Navigator” translated into 20 EU languages

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)  now provides the online search tool, "Navigator," in 20 official EU languages.


EPA Sets First National Standard to Reduce Mercury Emissions from Gold Production

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is cutting emissions from gold ore processing and production facilities with a new standard that will reduce annual mercury emissions by more than 75 percent from 2007 levels.


Amendments to Global Treaty Launched to Eliminate Nine Toxic Chemicals

August 26, 2010 marks the entry into force of amendments adding nine new chemicals to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.


US EPA Launches Web Forum on How to Best Protect America’s Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a web-based discussion forum to gather public input on how the agency can improve protection of drinking water.


Bayer Agrees to Terminate All Uses of the Insecticide Aldicarb

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bayer CropScience, the manufacturer, have reached an agreement to end use of the pesticide aldicarb in the United States.


U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Sets First National Limits to Reduce Mercury and Other Toxic Emissions from Cement Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing final rules that will protect Americans’ health by cutting emissions of mercury, particle pollution and other harmful pollutants from Portland cement manufacturing, the third-largest source of mercury air emissions in the United States.


Decontaminating Dangerous Drywall: Nanomaterial in novel home-air treatment counters hazards from toxic drywall

A nanomaterial originally developed to fight toxic waste is now helping reduce debilitating fumes in homes with corrosive drywall.


Disposal of Hazardous Medical Wastes Targeted in $40 Million Joint UN-India Project

The United Nations agency that promotes industrial development for poverty  reduction and environmental sustainability has teamed up with the Government of India in a $40-million pilot project to help the country’s healthcare system dispose of hazardous medical waste.


Governments Step-up Reduction on DDT Reliance and Add Nine Chemicals Under international Treaty, Stockholm Convention

Nine persistent organic pollutants (POPs) were listed today under the Stockholm Convention. Over 160 Governments have just concluded a one-week conference with practical decisions that will strengthen a global effort to eradicate some of the most toxic chemicals known to humankind.


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