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Commission takes next step in ‘forever chemicals’ clampdown

The European Commission has proposed imposing tight limits on the presence of a banned ‘forever chemical’ in waste as part of a series of restrictions on persistent organic pollutants listed under... Read more

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Pressure grows to ban synthetic refrigerants

The European Commission’s plans to align EU fluorinated gases rules with its ‘green deal’ ambitions should push manufacturers towards alternatives and introduce a near-total ban on synthetic refrigerants, an online event hosted by the European Environmental Bureau heard on Thursday.

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Seven arrests in crackdown on illegal F-gas trafficking

A Dutch-led crackdown on black market imports of fluorinated hydrocarbons involving law enforcement and customs officials from another 15 countries has led to the seizure of over 2,000 cylinders worth over €10m, Europol has said.

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Campaigners urge use of independent studies in glyphosate authorisation process

As the process to renew the glyphosate permit for the EU market kicks off, campaigners are urging the European Commission to base decisions on independent scientific advice rather than “unreliable industry studies”.

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Harmful chemicals widespread in used fabric, find retailers

A group of major retailers has discovered that shredded cotton, wool and polyester destined for recycling can contain hazardous chemicals including phthalates, flame retardants and heavy metals.

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Campaigners question Commission approach on pesticide regulation

The objective to halve pesticide use in Europe by 2030 could be derailed if the European Commission does not take a more ambitious approach to the revision of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive, environmental group PAN Europe has warned.

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