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Discovery and characterisation of field resistance to organophosphorus chemicals in a major mite pest, Halotydeus destructor

The redlegged earth mite (Halotydeus destructor) is an agricultural pest in Australia that attacks a wide variety of crops and pasture species. Chemicals remain an important part of control strategies for H. destructor, despite the existence of resistance to pyrethroid insecticides in this species. Recent chemical control failures involving a second insecticide class, organophosphates, […]

Tracking bio-hydrogen-mediated production of commodity chemicals from carbon dioxide and renewable electricity

This study reveals that reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) to commodity chemicals can be functionally compartmentalised in bioelectrochemical systems. In the present example, a syntrophic consortium composed by H2-producers (Rhodobacter sp.) in the biofilm is combined with carboxidotrophic Clostridium species, mainly found in the bulk liquid. The performance of these H2-mediated electricity-driven systems could […]

Ethanol under evaluation as a new active substance under the BPR

The following active substance is under evaluation as a new active substance under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) – Ethanol [CAS# 64-17-5] Product type 6 (preservatives for products during storage). Active substance/product-type combinations which were not notified, or for which support for the notification was withdrawn, can be evaluated as new active substances. An […]

US Department of Labor issues final rule to lower beryllium levels, increase workplace protections to reduce health risks

A new rule issued by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) dramatically lowers workplace exposure to beryllium, a strategically important material that can cause devastating lung diseases. The new beryllium standards for general industry, construction and shipyards will require employers to take additional, practical measures to protect an […]

House renews EPA inquiry

Legislation targeting “secret science” at the Environmental Protection Agency could be forthcoming, members of the House of Representatives Science, Space & Technology Committee hinted during a 7 February hearing. The hearing, dubbed “Making EPA Great Again,” focused on the agency’s use of science that is not publicly available in regulatory decision-making. There were no […]

What Will Be Fate of PHMSA’s Final Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Rule?

On 13 January 2017, just one week before President Trump’s inauguration, the United States Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) released final updates to the Pipeline Safety Regulations applicable to onshore transportation of hazardous liquids (“Final Rule”). The Final Rule was then subject to the Priebus Memo and swiftly withdrawn […]

Boron-based Wood Preservatives – request for information on current use and the potential impact of changing to alternatives

The UK’s Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is currently assessing whether a number of wood preservative (PT8) products based on boron can be authorised for use in the UK under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). As the boron compounds boric acid, boric oxide, disodium octaborate and disodium tetraborate now carry a Reproductive Toxicity […]

Thailand Updates its List of Hazardous Substances

On 12 January 2017, B.E. 2560 (2017), the Notification of the Ministry of Industry Re: List of Hazardous Substances (No. 3) was published in the Thai Government Gazette, Volume 134, Special Part 13 Ngor (?). This notification becomes effective the day following its publication. This notification amends the list of hazardous substances, in particular […]

Call for Information on DecaBDE

In the February 2017 edition of the Chemical Gazette, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) published a call for information on decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE). This chemical (CAS number: 1163-19-5) was declared a priority existing chemical (PEC) in June 2005. This call for information should, therefore, be read in conjunction with the […]

List of K-REACH Lead Registrants Published for 285 PECs

On 31 January 2017, the K-REACH Task Force published a list of lead registrants (LRs) for 285 priority existing chemical substances (PECs). The LR election results were published with the name of LR in Korean, chemical name in English, CAS No. and the date of LR determination. The whole list is accessible here. South […]