Chemicals archive

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    EU law must adapt for environmentally beneficial circular economy

    The EU legal framework needs to be adapted to ensure the circular economy is truly beneficial for the environment.

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    EU plastics strategy could do more for the environment now

    The EU’s plastics strategy is ambitious and a step in the right direction but more drastic action is needed to curb the overall production of plastics in Europe.

  • rubber ducks for story saying transparency shortcomings undermine safer substitutions for chemicals

    Transparency shortcomings undermine safer substitutions for chemicals – new report

    The European Chemicals Agency is missing a major opportunity to speed up substitution of dangerous chemicals for safer alternatives, by failing to share strategic information.

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    Chancellor “has shied away from taking real action” on diesel in Budget

    The Chancellor Philip Hammond has outlined the details of his autumn Budget to MPs in the Commons.

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    EU Parliament rejects dangerous and unlawful definition of hormone-harming chemicals

    A dangerous and unlawful definition of hormone-harming chemicals in pesticides has today been rejected by the European Parliament.

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    Analysis reveals unlawful action by EU Commission on hormone-disrupting chemicals

    The European Commission has gone beyond its power in order to allow endocrine disruptors to be used in pesticides, say experts.

  • woman applying make up for story saying Commission facing EU legal watchdog over nano-chemicals in cosmetics

    Commission facing EU legal watchdog over nano-chemicals in cosmetics

    ClientEarth has today complained to the EU Ombudsman about the European Commission’s unlawful handling of a long-delayed list of nano-chemicals in cosmetics.

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    Commission to face EU Court over authorisation of lead chromate in paint

    The European Commission is facing a second court challenge for allowing a Canadian company to sell two dangerous chemicals used for road markings in the EU.

  • hand with crops for story saying illegal and dangerous edocrine disruptor definition approved

    Illegal and dangerous endocrine disruptor criteria approved

    Expert scientists from most EU countries today approved the European Commission’s proposed criteria to identify which pesticide chemicals may be hormone disruptors.

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    Chemical found in everyday homeware named as “dangerous” after 20 year fight

    Scientific experts from all over the EU have unanimously agreed that widely used chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor.

  • farming and river for story saying Polish water under threat as nitrate pollution laws fall short

    Polish water under threat as nitrate pollution laws fall short

    Despite declaring that a new Water Act to enter into force on 1 January 2017, the Polish Government has not yet set a date for submitting the draft law to parliament. This threatens Polish water resources and fragile ecosystems.

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    Laws must work together so the EU can reuse, recycle and repurpose

    A circular economy – where goods are reused, recycled or repurposed – could be one way to avoid overexploiting our planet’s natural resources.

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    Commission sued over hormone-harming chemicals in plastic

    ClientEarth is suing the European Commission after it gave plastics recyclers permission to use a black-listed chemical which causes infertility and developmental problems in children.

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    EU pesticide ban flouted as countries exploit legal loophole

    EU countries are ignoring the ban on bee-harming pesticides and continuing to use them across Europe. The Commission has the power to curb this alarming trend, but is doing nothing to stop it.

  • child playing with plastic trucks to illustrate story calling for single criteria to indentify endoctine disruptors

    Campaigners call for single system to identify hormone disruptors in cosmetics, water and toys

    A single system to identify hormone-harming chemicals is the best way to keep endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) out of our food, water, toys, and household products.

  • kids playing with pool for story saying chemicals regulator wins key fight for transparency on endocrine disruptors

    Chemicals regulator wins key fight for transparency on endocrine disruptors

    Chemicals regulator ECHA has won a key fight for transparency linked to endocrine disruptor DEHP.

  • woman putting on makeup for story saying three-year wait for nanomaterial risk data promised "in the next weeks"

    Three-year wait for nanomaterial risk data promised “in the next weeks”

    Three years ago today, a catalogue was due to be published by the European Commission listing the ingredients in everyday cosmetics and indicating whether they contained nanomaterials. We are still waiting.

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    EU Environment Council reprimands Commission for chemical failings

    The Commission should work faster to implement laws protecting people and the environment from dangerous chemicals. This is the conclusion of a vote in the Environmental Council of the EU.

  • orange shoes walking up blue stairs to illustrator story saying Commission to face EU judges over toxic plastics approval

    Commission to face EU judges over toxic plastics approval

    The Commission has ignored ClientEarth’s call to stop plastics recyclers using a hormone-harming chemical which causes infertility and developmental problems in children.

  • child flower and bumblebee to illustrate story saying CETA fears come true as EU bows to Canadian pressure to cut pesticides protection

    CETA fears come true as EU bows to Canadian pressure to cut pesticides protection

    The European Commission has cut the level of protection in EU pesticides rules following pressure from the US and Canada, minutes of a meeting reveal.

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    Canada proposes ban on toxic pesticide

    This new proposal shows that evidence-based decision making, in the face of enormous pressure from the pesticide industry, is beginning to work.

  • hand hovering over a field of crops

    Landmark European court decision grants access to pesticide tests

    The landmark judgement was opposed by the European Commission and the chemical industry.

  • Seagulls on road with yellow lines

    Commission faces legal challenge over toxic paint

    The European Commission is facing a new legal challenge after it approved the use of a dangerous neurotoxic chemical known to cause cancer, brain and nerve damage.

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    German Parliament discusses ClientEarth report on Commission’s illegal endocrine disruptor plan

    A ClientEarth report saying the Commission’s proposals on endocrine disruptors (EDCs) is illegal will be presented in the German Bundestag today.