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Application of the freeze-dried bioluminescent bioreporter Pseudomonas putida mt-2 KG1206 to the biomonitoring of groundwater samples from monitoring wells near gasoline leakage sites

This study examined the applicability of a freeze-dried bioluminescent bioreporter, Pseudomonas putida mt-2 KG1206 (called KG1206), to the biomonitoring of groundwater samples. Samples were collected from the monitoring wells of gas station tanks or old pipeline leakage sites in Korea. In general, the freeze-dried strain in the presence of pure inducer chemicals showed low […]

EPA moves to ban uses of trichloroethylene

Trichloroethylene (TCE) would no longer be permitted in aerosol degreasers and stain removers, which are used by dry-cleaning facilities, under a regulation proposed 7 December by the United States EPA. The action marks the first time in more than 20 years that EPA has tried to use its authority under the Toxic Substances Control […]

Commission’s latest EDC criteria draft to be discussed next week

Member states’ environment ministers will discuss the latest revision to the European Commission’s draft criteria proposal for the identification of endocrine disruptors (EDs) on 21 December. The second revised version of the proposed draft Regulations related to biocides and plant protection products (PPPs) were sent to member states last week ahead of the Environment […]

Sweden’s Kemi finds restricted chemicals in electronics products

An enforcement project run by the Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemi) has found that almost four in ten low-price electrical and electronic products examined contained prohibited chemicals. The agency checked the content of 154 products from 84 companies, including headphones, bicycle lights and USB contacts. It found that 58 (38%) of the examined products contained […]

Launch of Health and Work strategy

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP recently pledged her support for a new strategy for health in Britain’s workplaces. The announcement was supported by HSE Chair, Martin Temple and it illustrates HSE’s contribution to wider government initiatives on work and health. The engagement supports the Health and Work strategy; […]

ICCA consults on value chain communication principles

Chemical industry associations working through the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) are planning to broaden a programme of outreach to sector supply chains in 2017. The aim is to apply principles for communicating chemicals safety that take the needs of upstream and downstream companies into account. The ICCA’s Value Chain Outreach program started […]

EPA issues final national formaldehyde standard

The United States Environmental Protection Agency recently published final standards limiting emissions of formaldehyde from products containing composite wood, such as hardwood plywood, medium-density fibreboard, and particleboard. These products are commonly used to make furniture, cabinets, and flooring. “EPA has set in place for the whole country the world’s most stringent standard for formaldehyde […]

Washington state advances 18 candidates for CHCC list

Washington state has issued preliminary draft rule text that would add 18 substances to its Chemicals of High Concern to Children (CHCC) list. The state’s ecology department says this marks the start of the final comment period before it submits a formal proposed rule early next year. It is the latest development in a […]

U.S. EPA Releases Final Report on Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Drinking Water Resources

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its scientific report on the impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources, which provides states and others the scientific foundation to better protect drinking water resources in areas where hydraulic fracturing is occurring or being considered. The report, done at the request of […]

China tightens grip on hazardous chemicals

China’s highest decision-making body, the State Council, has unveiled a three-year plan to prevent accidents involving hazardous chemicals. The plan was crafted in response to the August 2015 explosion at a hazardous goods storage site in Tianjin that killed 165 people, most of them firefighters. Over the next three years, municipal and local governments […]