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European NGOs Publish Position Paper on the Regulation of Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Apr. 10, 2014)

Earlier this month, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and its European partners published a position paper on the regulation of nanomaterials at a meeting of the European Union (EU) competent authorities. According to the position paper, current EU legislation “does not guarantee that all nanomaterials on the market are ...

Council adopts regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases

by EU Council of Ministers  (Apr. 14, 2014)

The Council today adopted1 a regulation on fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) (PECOS 1/14, PE-CO#6;S 1/14 COR 1, 7929/14 ADD 1). The new regulation will allow to reduce F-gas emissions in the EU by two-thirds of today's levels by 2030. The use of F-gases in some new equipment, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, will be banned where ...

Council approves environmental impact assessment directive

by EU Council of Ministers  (Apr. 14, 2014)

The Council today adopted1 a directive amending directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (PE-CO S 15/14, 7927/14 ADD 1). Today's final adoption of the legislation by the Council follows an agreement reached at first reading with the European Parliament. The European Parliament ...

Questions and answers on EU Mercury Policy

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Oct. 10, 2013)

What is mercury? Mercury is familiar to many as a silver-coloured liquid which expands and contracts in a thermometer to show the temperature. It is also known as “quicksilver” or "hydrargyrum" (i.e. liquid silver) and is represented by the symbol Hg. Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at ambient room temperature. It is a ...

Congress to pass bill opposing EU aircraft emissions rules

by BusinessGreen  (Feb. 1, 2012)

The US Congress is expected to pass a bill in the coming weeks expressing its formal opposition to a new EU law requiring commercial airlines to buy carbon permits for every tonne of CO2 they emit flying in and out of the bloc's airports. Although the bill is considered less inflammatory than previously tabled proposals banning US airlines from ...

Regulatory Developments - New EU Cosmetics Regulation Will Enter into Force on July 11, 2013

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Jun. 17, 2013)

Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of November 30, 2009, on Cosmetic Products will come into force on July 11, 2013, and repeals the Cosmetics Directive Regulation ( ...

European court approves aviation emissions trading

by BusinessGreen  (Dec. 21, 2011)

The EU's plans to charge airlines for carbon emitted during all flights in and out of its airports are legal, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled today. The court upheld a preliminary decision taken in October by Advocate General Juliane Kokott who dismissed a legal ...

European Commission asks Court to impose financial penalties on Italy

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jan. 23, 2014)

The European Commission is referring Italy to the EU Court of Justice for its failure to include rules on animal testing into its domestic legislation. This is an issue on which there is considerable public concern, and Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes was to be enacted in national legislation by 10 ...

European Union Biocidal Products Regulation and Its Impact on Industry: A Practical Briefing

by The Acta Group  (Nov. 6, 2013)

Background The European Union (EU) Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) has entered into EU law. This legislation changes the way in which biocidal active substances and biocidal products are regulated in the EU. The new EU regulatory system differs from other global regulatory systems for biocidal substances and redefines what are considered ...

MEPs back law to curb harmful traffic noise

by European Commission  (Apr. 3, 2014)

Noise limits for cars will be tightened to protect public health, under new rules informally agreed with EU ministers and endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. The new law requires the introduction of labels to inform buyers of the noise levels of new cars, as well as the addition of sound to hybrid and electric vehicles to alert pedestrians. ...

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