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  • A new way to harness wasted methane

    Original story at MIT News Methane gas, a vast natural resource, is often disposed of through burning, but new research by scientists at MIT could make it easier to capture this gas for use as fuel or a chemical feedstock. Many oil wells burn off methane — the largest component of natural gas — in a process ...

  • TOC Analysers for IECEx and ATEX zones

    Total Organic Carbon analysers are commonly used to measure the level of organic contamination in water. Online TOC analysers installed in refineries and petrochemical plants are located right in the middle of the process facilities. Here explosive gasses, vapours or mist can be present. It is a high risk situation, as any spark or any heat source may cause an explosion. Hence, explosive ...


    By LAR Process Analysers AG

  • More high risk chemicals identified

    The fifth batch of chemical substances recognized under the Chemicals Management Plan as having potential risks to human health have been announced by the federal government. The announcement, jointly made by Health Minister Tony Clement and Environment Minister John Baird, was accompanied by a notice in the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • WHO warns of growing chemical risks to developing world

    The World Health Organisation says the growing dangers posed by chemical use in developing countries are putting worsening strain on health professionals. In a paper submitted to ICCM2, the second International Conference on Chemicals Management, the WHO says: 'The health sector is faced with additional roles and responsibilities due to increased production and use of chemicals in developing ...

  • EPA increases transparency on chemical risk information

    As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s commitment to strengthen and reform chemical management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new policy to increase the public’s access to information on chemicals. The EPA has announced its intention to reject a certain type of confidentiality claim, known as Confidential Business Information (CBI), on the identity of ...

  • New MediTerra developments: Risk management and chemical management

    MediTerra focuses its main specializations in Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance and Soil and Groundwater Contamination. Related with these two issues, MediTerra has established two three areas of development: Chemical Management, Risk Management and Carbon Footprint ...

  • House subcommittee to hold hearing on chemical risk assessment

    The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on October 6, 2011, on "Chemical Risk Assessment: What Works for Jobs and the Economy?" The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. The witness list is not yet publicly available. We understand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) process will be a subject of ...


    By Acta Group

  • Infants at greater risk from food packaging chemical

    Bisphenol A (BPA) is a commonly used chemical in the manufacture of food packaging and there are concerns over its safety, particularly for young children. A recent study suggests that there is a five times greater BPA plasma concentration in babies aged between three and six months compared with adults. In 2008, both Canada and the USA raised concerns over the possible harmful effects of BPA on ...

  • House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Chemical Risk Assessment

    The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on October 6, 2011, on "Chemical Risk Assessment: What Works for Jobs and the Economy?" The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. The witness list is not yet publicly available. We ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EPA Announces Availability of Draft Chemical Risk Assessments

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on January 4, 2013, the availability of the first draft risk assessments developed under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan. The draft risk assessments are for particular uses of five chemicals found in household products: methylene chloride or dichloromethane (DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint stripper products; ...


    By Acta Group

  • REACH outs chemical risk potential: Euronews story on EU chemicals policy

    The pan-European television news channel Euronews broadcast a special feature on the implementation of EU chemicals legislation REACH on 2 May. The Health and Environment Alliance was mentioned by name having contributed ideas and information, and worked closely with Euronews in the realisation of the feature. HEAL’s Policy Advisor Lisette Van Vliet appears at both the beginning and the end of ...

  • EPA Announces Availability of Draft Chemical Risk Assessments

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on January 4, 2013, the availability of the first draft risk assessments developed under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan. The draft risk assessments are for particular uses of five chemicals found in household products: methylene chloride or dichloromethane (DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint stripper products; ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EPA changes chemical risk assessment process

    The US EPA says it is expanding the process for recommending that a chemical be assessed for risk of harm to human health or the environment, 'to increase its transparency and efficiency.' But the senator who heads the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee says the changes really put the risk assessment process directly under the control of the White House. 'In my judgment, these changes ...

  • EPA settles with two Idaho facilities for chemical risk management planning violations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has settled with two facilities in Idaho for alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act Risk Management Program. The settlements include a $83,497 penalty for Pacific Ethanol Magic Valley, LLC and a $101,000 penalty for Land View, Inc. The federal Clean Air Act (sec. 112r) requires that all public and private facilities that manufacture, ...

  • New EU research suggests chemicals may increase risk of breast cancer

    Breast cancer has increased dramatically in Europe over the past 20 years, with a doubling of the number of cases in some countries over this time period. A recent report presented to the European Parliament suggests that by reducing our exposure to certain chemicals, the number of women who develop breast cancer could also be reduced. The report by UK researchers summarises the evidence for the ...

  • New US policy `interferes` with analysis of toxic chemicals and their risk to public health

    A new White House policy deals a crippling blow to the ability of the scientific staff of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify chemicals that pose the greatest risk to public health, potentially putting millions of people at risk, according to public health experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). At issue is the interference with EPA’s Integrated Risk Information ...

  • Nearly All New Nanoengineered Chemicals Are Regulated by EPA Due to Potential Risks

    The Environmental Protection Agency has regulated nearly all nanoengineered chemicals that it has reviewed under its new chemicals program, an EPA program manager who reviews such chemicals said Oct. 16. By contrast, the EPA's new chemicals program typically regulates only 10 percent to 15 percent of the traditional compounds it reviews, said Jim Alwood, a program manager in the EPA's Chemical ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico to 1-Bromopropane and Other Potentially Hazardous Chemicals

    The use of the solvent, 1-bromopropane (1-BP), also known as n-propyl bromide, has increased over the past 20 years according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). 1-BP is often found in products used in vapor and immersion degreasing operations for cleaning metals, plastics and electronic and optical components; adhesive spray applications; dry cleaning; and solvent sprays ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • NCEC to provide 24/7 chemical risk support for UK Ministry of Defence

    The National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC), has won a three year contract to provide the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) with emergency telephone advice – the contract includes global, multilingual support 24 hours a day, seven days a week as well as access to the NCEC’s hazardous chemicals database The MoD handles and transports various chemicals, such as fuel, as part of its ...

  • EPA Proposes Procedures to Prioritize Chemicals for Risk Evaluation under TSCA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed on January 17, 2017, procedures to establish the risk-based screening process and criteria that EPA will use to identify chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as either High-Priority Substances for risk evaluation, or Low-Priority Substances for which risk evaluations are not warranted at the time. 82 Fed. ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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