Commission threatened with legal action over pesticide approvals

Anti-pesticide campaigners are using a recent change to the Aarhus Regulation to launch legal challenges against the re-authorisation of cypermethrin and the allegedly illegal presence on the EU... Read more

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Chemicals Strategy: Commission seeks views on expanding REACH requirements

The European Commission has opened a public consultation on plans to increase information requirements for chemicals registration, introduce the concept of ‘essential use’ and extend generic approaches to risk management under the REACH regime.


Commission puts two endocrine disruptors on drinking water watch list

Suppliers will have to monitor for the presence of two pollutants known for their propensity to disrupt hormonal signalling in humans after the European Commission adopted an annex to the revised Drinking Water Directive.


ECHA identifies four more chemicals as SVHCs

The European Chemicals Agency has added four more chemicals to its list of ‘substances of very high concern’ because of their likely impact on human health or the environment.


Harmful pesticides found in Italian food

Residues of pesticides, some of which are banned in the EU, have been found in fruit and vegetables in Italy, according to an analysis by national environmental group Legambiente published at the end of December.


POPs: Member states and MEPs urged to boost ambition of latest clamp-down

A European Commission proposal to tighten limits for a range of persistent organic pollutants does not go far enough to tackle contamination in recycled products, health and environment groups have warned.

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