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  • New Larson Davis HVManager™ Helps Meet EC and ISO Directives & Standards

    November 15, 2006, Provo, UT, USA – Larson Davis has introduced the Human Vibration Meter (HVM) utility software, known as HVManager™, for Vibration Exposure Assessment and Management, designed to provide instantaneous tool assessments to all new standards, including the HSE recommended points system; EU physical agents directive 2002/44/EC; ISO 5349; and ISO 2631. With an easy to use ...

  • Sustainable energy future - EC

    Energy issues are increasingly attracting the attention of all countries, especially the EU and other Mediterranean countries. It was under a cloud over rising oil prices and increasing concerns for future energy supplies that the 5th Euro-Mediterranean Energy Ministerial Conference was held in the southern Cypriot city of Limassol. Present was the European Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, ...

  • EC streamlines rules on protection in case of maritime pollution

    European commissioners this week presented a proposal which further strengthens the existing Community legislation regarding sanctions on those responsible for pollution by ships. Franco Frattini, the Commission's Vice-President responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security said, 'The new directive is an important complement to the Directive on the protection of the environment through ...


    By European Commission

  • EC takes steps to cut industrial emissions

    The European Commission has adopted new legislation on industrial emissions to strengthen the provisions already in force and reduce industrial emissions throughout the European Union. The proposal will bring significant health and environmental benefits and will create a better level playing field across the EU, reducing competition distortions between companies. It will also simplify current ...

  • EEB welcomes EC industrial emissions proposal

    In the 11th hour before the holiday break at the end of 2007, the Commission published their proposal for a Directive on Industrial Emissions, a recast that would collect the Directives on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC), Large Combustion Plants, Solvents, Waste Incineration and Titanium Dioxide together under one umbrella. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB)1 welcomes the ...

  • EC sends wastewater warning to five Member States

    The European Commission is taking France to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for not complying with EU legislation on urban waste water treatment. Some 60 large towns and cities have been listed as not having waste water treatment up to EU standards. The list includes Arles, Avignon, Bordeaux, and Lyon. The Commission is also sending a first written warning to five Member States for inadequate ...

  • BERR concerned over EC WEEE proposals

    The proposals follow the Commission’s review of WEEE and the Restriction on the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment. BERR has released a consultation paper on the EC’s planned changes for WEEE and RoHs saying that they could cause “significant challenges” for British businesses. Under the new updates the Commission is proposing a fundamental change in ...

  • EC to close nature protection case in Venice lagoon

    The European Commission is closing a case against Italy concerning requirements under EU nature protection laws and the construction of moving dams in the Venice lagoon. The dams are intended to reduce the risk of flooding, and so protect the city, but at the same time they have an impact on the ecological values of the lagoon. As a result of measures now proposed by the Italian authorities to ...

  • EC closes two nature cases against Poland

    The European Commission is ending legal proceedings against Poland in two nature cases. The first case is being withdrawn following action to protect one of Europe's most important nature sites – the Rospuda river valley. The second is being closed following the completion of Poland's network of Special Protection Areas. Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: 'I am pleased with the decision ...

  • EC launches debate on the management of bio-waste

    This week the European Commission presented a discussion paper on the management of bio-waste in the European Union. Bio-waste – biodegradable garden, kitchen and food waste – accounts for around one third of municipal waste and has major potential impacts on the environment. When disposed of in landfill sites, it emits methane – a powerful greenhouse gas which is 23 times more potent than carbon ...

  • EC calls for better implementation of EU waste law

    The EC has published two implementation reports (20 November) on implementation of the community waste legislation for the period 2004-2006 that highlight the need for significant efforts by Member States to ensure that waste management meets the standards set by EU legislation. It is particularly scathing of the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive and the ...

  • EC to improve the safety of biocides and to simplify authorisation procedures

    The European Commission has presented draft legislation to achieve a higher level of protection of health and environment. This proposal aims at significantly increasing the safety of biocide products used and placed on the market in the European Union. It proposes to phase out the most hazardous substances, particularly those that may cause cancer, and to introduce new rules for articles such as ...

  • EC Committee Publishes Final Opinion on Nanosilver

    On June 13, 2014, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published its final opinion on “Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EC could ban creosote as wood preservative

    The European Commission is launching an online consultation to collect evidence about the possible consequences of a phase out of creosote, a widely used wood preservative. Recent studies have identified some risks to human health and to the environment when creosote comes into direct contact with soil or water. Like many other substances, creosote is being evaluated as part of the ten-year ...


    By European Commission

  • EC adopts 2007-2009 nanotechnology implementation report

    the European Commission (EC) adopted a Communication entitled Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An Action Plan for Europe 2005-2009. Second Implementation Report 2007-2009. The Communication outlines the key developments during 2007-2009 in each policy area of the Nanotechnology Action Plan 2005-2009, identifies current challenges, and draws conclusions relevant to the future European ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EC welcomes Council conclusions on the EU position for the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

    European Commissioner for the Environment Stavros Dimas today welcomed the Council conclusions on the EU position for the COP 15 conference to be held in Copenhagen this December. The Conclusions advance the EU position, which will now be finalised by the European Council at the end of October. Discussions focused on the scale of the long-term (2050) emission reduction objective for the EU, ...

  • A new directive to improve the safety of toys

    The EP Internal Market Committee has adopted a report aimed at making toys safer. The new legislation will beef up safety regulations and ban the use of certain chemicals and heavy metals. Parliament's plenary will vote in December, just before the festive season. The report on the safety of toys, drafted by Marianne Thyssen (EPP-ED, BE), was adopted on Tuesday 6 November by the Committee on the ...

  • EC pursues legal action against Italy over infringements of environmental laws

    The European Commission is pursuing legal action against Italy over three cases in which EU legislation to protect the environment is being violated. One case concerns Italy's failure to comply fully with a European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgement condemning it for not carrying out an environmental impact assessment of a new waste incinerator. In this regard the Commission is sending a first ...


    By European Commission

  • EC pursues legal action against Spain over breaches of environmental law

    The European Commission is pursuing legal action against Spain involving three breaches of EU environmental law. Two of the breaches relate to obligations for the treatment of waste water, with more than 400 towns and cities listed as not having water treatment up to EU standard. The final warnings are the last step before the Commission takes Court action. In the other case, Spain will receive a ...

  • Views sought on UK application to the EC for extension to air quality limits for PM10

    Defra is seeking views on the UK application to the European Commission for an extension to meet air quality targets for Particulate Matter (PM10). The application for an extension will be submitted to the European Commission as soon as possible after this consultation has closed. PM10 is made up of very small particles of soot and dust in the air, less than 10 micrometers in diameter (human hair ...


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