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ACS Nano Publishes Article on Nanomaterial Categorization for Assessing Risk Potential

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Mar. 20, 2015)

ACS Nano, published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), has posted an article entitled “Nanomaterial Categorization for Assessing Risk Potential to Facilitate Regulatory Decision-Making.” The abstract of the article, which is co-authored by Lynn L. Bergeson, ...

EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment for Chemical used for Paint and Coating Removal

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Mar. 23, 2015)

Today, the U.S. EPA released the final risk assessment for N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), a chemical commonly used to remove paint and other coatings. The assessment identified risks to pregnant women and women of childbearing age, who have high exposure to NMP through paint or other coating removal. “By completing this assessment, we have ...

All quiet on the workplace-noise front: keeping employees protected from the risk of noise induced hearing loss

by Casella  (Feb. 17, 2015)

It’s a decade since the ‘Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005’ was passed before coming into force in April 2006, putting in place a more stringent cap on ...

Countries turn to Ecosystems to Reduce Risk Amid Concerns over More Disasters

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Mar. 16, 2015)

Strong commitments to ecosystem-based approaches for disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) were made at the Plenary Session on Ecosystems and Resilience at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). As negotiations for a post-2015 framework on DRR continue this week in Sendai, over 200 participants gathered at the Plenary Session to ...

New computer tool will help assess the toxic effects of lead on freshwater organisms

by International Lead Association (ILA)  (Mar. 9, 2015)

A free-to-use computer model that helps regulators and industry ensure that rivers, lakes and streams are protected from the potential risks of lead has been developed by the International Lead Association. The biotic ligand model (BLM) can be regarded as a milestone in the ecological risk assessment of lead. It can predict how the toxic effects ...

World Conference Adopts New International Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction After Marathon Negotiations

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Mar. 18, 2015)

Representatives from 187 UN member States today adopted the first major agreement of the Post-2015 development agenda, a far reaching new framework for disaster risk reduction with seven targets and four priorities for action. Conference President, Ms. Eriko Yamatani, Minister of State for Disaster Management, announced agreement on the text, the ...

EPA Revised Chlorpyrifos Assessment Shows Risk to Workers

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Jan. 5, 2015)

Today, EPA is releasing an assessment for public comment on the potential for human health risk of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. This assessment shows some risks to workers who mix, load and apply chlorpyrifos pesticide products. When used in large amounts, chlorpyrifos has the potential to pose risks in limited geographic areas when drinking water ...

CH2M HILL Collects Three 2014 Business Achievment Awards for Environmental Excellence

by CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.  (Mar. 9, 2015)

CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, is pleased to announce that the company’s environmental projects and acquisition were recognized by the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) and Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ), as part of the publications’ annual  ...

Canada`s New Substances Program Publishes Risk Assessment Summary for Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Jan. 15, 2015)

Canada announced on January 9, 2015, that the New Substances Program has published six new risk assessment summaries for chemicals and polymers, including a summary for multi-wall carbon nanotubes. Environment Canada and Health Canada conduct risk assessments on new substances. These assessments include consideration of ...

Queensland Delivers First-of-its-kind Assessment of Critical Assets in Australia

by Pure Technologies  (Jan. 6, 2015)

In 2013–2014, Queensland Urban Utilities developed and implemented a first-of-its-kind risk-based assessment program in Australia utilising innovative technologies and engineering assessment techniques to assess critical sewer mains. This work was in line with Queensland Urban Utilities’ industry-leading approach to risk-based asset ...

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