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  • Toxicity tests improve the assessment of harbour sediment quality

    Harbour sediments should be tested for their toxic effects on living organisms in addition to being subject to the chemical, physical and biological tests usually conducted to assess water quality, according to recent research from Portugal. This would provide a better environmental assessment of dredged material to help guide port authorities’ decisions on its disposal. Under the Water ...

  • Can more toxicity tests improve environmental protection standards?

    New research has investigated the effect of increasing the number of toxicity tests on Environmental Quality Standards (EQSs). Case study results suggest that an additional test can reduce costs without impairing the regulatory protection levels. An Environmental Quality Standard (EQS) defines the maximum safe concentration of a potentially hazardous chemical in air or water. EQSs are used to ...

  • EPA Issues Proposed and Final HPV Test Rules; EPA Seeks Innovative Use of SNURs

    The October 21, 2011, Federal Register includes two test rules concerning high production volume (HPV) chemicals: a final test rule for certain chemicals from the third group, and a proposed test rule and proposed significant new use rule (SNUR) for the fourth group of chemicals. See 76 Fed. Reg. 65385 and 65580, respectively. The proposed "SNUR plus test rule" represents a ...


    By Acta Group

  • EPA Issues Proposed and Final HPV Test Rules; EPA Seeks Innovative Use of SNURs

    The October 21, 2011, Federal Register includes two test rules concerning high production volume (HPV) chemicals: a final test rule for certain chemicals from the third group, and a proposed test rule and proposed significant new use rule (SNUR) for the fourth group of chemicals. See 76 Fed. Reg. 65385 and 65580, respectively. The proposed "SNUR plus test rule" represents a novel approach for ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EU-U.S. Joint NanoEHS Workshop Will Be Held in March 2015 in Italy

    The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced on December 5, 2014, that, in collaboration with the European Commission (EC), it will hold the 2015 “EU-U.S.: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts” joint workshop on March 12-13, 2015, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Effects of reducing particulate emissions from vehicles

    Vehicles are an important source of particulate matter (PM) pollutants. A new study cautions that reductions in PM exhaust emissions will not necessarily be matched an equal reduction in the toxic effects of emissions on health and the environment. This is important when designing regulations to limit the ecotoxicity of exhaust PM. Incomplete combustion of fuels and the breakdown of lubricants ...

  • Greenwashing: misuse of EU composting standard EN 13432

    Lately, European Bioplastics (EUBP) is noticing an increasing malpractice by producers of fragmentation additives for conventional plastics referring to the European standard for industrial composting, EN 13432, when marketing their products. As is well known, such products do not fulfil the requirements of the EU norm for industrial composting of plastic products. Consequently, European ...


    By European Bioplastics

  • Midwest Soil-Sement awarded the BNQ

    The BNQ (Bureau de normalisation du Québec) has issued two new BNQ Certifications to Midwest Industrial Supply, Inc., for Soil-Sement® Engineered Formula. Soil-Sement Engineered Formula joins Midwest's EnviroKleen®, giving Midwest three separate BNQ Certifications. Accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the BNQ Certification provides the users of ...

  • Assessing the ecotoxicological risks of nanoparticles

    A new study highlights the need for more research aimed at understanding the effects of nanoparticles on the environment. Efforts should focus on developing more sensitive analytical methods for characterising and detecting nanoparticles, say the researchers. The study discusses engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), a diverse class of nanoscale particles that do not occur in nature, including ...

  • GEI Enhances Contaminated Sediments Practice with Shoreline Work

    GEI Consultants, Inc.,one of the nation's leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms announced today the accelerated growth of its national Contaminated Sediments Practice. The company has strengthened its offerings both through acquisition and the hire of a number of senior experts and mid-level technical staff in waste engineering, marine ...


    By GEI Consultants, Inc.,

  • ‘Poor gain’ from extra treatment of wastewater to remove pharmaceuticals

    A recent study compared the decentralised treatment of pharmaceutical contaminants in wastewater at hospitals with centralised treatment at conventional and upgraded wastewater plants. The results suggest that additional (post) treatments may not always provide significant benefits. Conventional wastewater plants are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals excreted from the human body. As ...

  • Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s Affiliate, The Acta Group, L.L.C., Announces The Launch of Its UK Office, The Acta Group EU, LTD

    UK Center to “Fast-Track” Regulatory Response Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. is pleased to announce that its consulting affiliate, The Acta Group, L.L.C. (Acta), has launched its UK-based consulting affiliate, The Acta Group EU, Ltd (Acta EU). Acta EU focuses on chemical product approval, support, and regulatory defense to help industry tackle the intimidating landscape of increasing chemical ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Learn How to Pre-Screen New Chemicals Using EPA's Models and Methods at Sustainable Futures Training Workshop

    Co-hosted by the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG™), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and George Washington University (GWU) August 5-7, 2014, at the GWU Campus in Washington, D.C. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: During this hands-on three-day workshop, you will learn about a variety of ...


    By Acta Group

  • OSPAR Commission's Harmonized Offshore Chemical Notification Format

    The OSPAR Commission's (OSPAR) Harmonized Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF) is of paramount importance for a wide range of personnel, including chemical manufacturers and product manufacturers whose products are used on an offshore oil platform. Despite its significance, many in the U.S. are largely unaware of its role in the petrochemical community. We describe the program generally ...


    By Acta Group

  • EPA conditionally registers Nanosilver as a new active ingredient

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on December 1, 2011, that it granted a conditional registration for a pesticide product containing nanosilver as a new active ingredient. This memorandum provides additional information regarding this momentous regulatory achievement. HeiQ AGS-20 is a silver-based antimicrobial pesticide product that will be incorporated into textiles to ...


    By Acta Group

  • China MEP adopts amended new chemical notification scheme

    The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) adopted the newly amended new chemical notification scheme 'Measures on Environmental Management of New Chemical Substances' (新化学物质环境管理办法), Order 7. The new program enters into force on October 15, 2010. This memorandum provides a general overview of this critically ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Nanotechnologies` economic and environmental potential in the EU through safe products

    Nanotechnologies have enormous potential benefits for manufacturers, consumers, employees, patients and the environment. They will bring more energy and resource efficient processes, improve computer memories and processors and could usher in a new age of customized pharmaceuticals and medical procedures. While current EU legislation covers in principle the challenges for health, safety and ...

  • Recent federal developments

    EPA Announces Listening Session On IRIS Draft Toxicological Review Of Methanol: On April 18, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a 60-day public comment period and listening session on May 26, 2011, for the external review draft human health assessment entitled "Toxicological Review of Methanol (Non-Cancer): In Support of Summary Information on the ...


    By Acta Group

  • Recent Federal Developments

    EPA's Inspector Claims EPA Needs To Clarify Testing Authority For Endocrine Disruptors: On January 17, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General (IG) stated that EPA needs to clarify the regulatory authority it will use to implement its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) and the number of chemicals that may be evaluated under the Program. On December 13, ...


    By Acta Group

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