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    • Pollution,General Policy

    Campaigners warn against laxer water standards

    Governments are seeking to weaken regulations on the quality and environmental standard of Europe's lakes and rivers, the campaign group WWF warned on Wednesday ..
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    • Chemicals

    MEPs seek to block sodium dichromate authorisation

    The European Parliament's environment committee has objected to the planned authorisation of sodium dichromate, in a move campaigners hope will lead to an unprecedented refusal ..
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    • Chemicals,Nature

    Deal on fertiliser rules sets cadmium limit at 60mg/kg

    European lawmakers finally reached agreement on a new EU fertiliser regulation on Wednesday morning, with the first-ever EU-wide limit on cadmium in phosphate fertilisers. ..
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    • Climate,General Policy,Nature

    Auditors identify funding gap in EU flood defences

    Europe's response to an increasing risk of flooding has been stymied by a failure to allocate funding where it is needed, while the potential for ..
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    • General Policy,Nature

    Austria calls for greener chemicals framework

    EU chemical-related policies should be enhanced to allow for the use of sustainable and safe substances, the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council has said ..
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    • Chemicals

    ECHA head commits to action on chemical law compliance

    The European Chemicals Agency says it will increase efforts to ensure compliance with the EU's Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals ..
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    • Chemicals,Markets & Corporate

    Chemicals regulator launches REACH compliance drive

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) urged companies on Tuesday to ensure the chemicals safety data they are required to submit is complete and up to ..
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    • Chemicals,Nature

    France bans metam sodium pesticides

    French farmers will no longer be authorised to use pesticides linked to a recent outbreak of respiratory illnesses, France’s Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational ..
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    • Waste & Resources,Pollution

    Half Portuguese sewage sludge ‘not accounted for’

    Almost half of the 260,000 tons of sewage sludge produced by Portugal’s wastewater treatment plants in the first half of 2018 was disposed of illegally ..
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    • Chemicals,Nature

    France imposes emergency ban on metam sodium pesticides

    France has prohibited the use of metam sodium pesticides for three months after dozens of farmworkers and residents in western France fell ill in four ..
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    • Chemicals,Nature

    Pesticide licence renewals subject to EDC screening

    All ongoing evaluations of plant protection products for renewal of EU authorisation will have to be assessed against new criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals ..
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    • Transport,Chemicals

    Diesel fumes among new carcinogen exposure limits

    Strict workplace exposure limits for diesel exhaust fumes and seven other known carcinogens moved a step closer on Wednesday ..
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    • Chemicals,Pollution,General Policy

    EP adopts position on drinking water proposal

    The European Parliament called for tighter limits on pollutants and improved access to safe water supplies as it adopted its position on a proposed update ..
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    • Waste & Resources,Pollution

    Evidence of microplastic contamination in human gut

    European scientists have detected nine types of microplastics in stool samples from a worldwide sample of subjects, in the first study of its kind. ..
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    • Chemicals,Packaging

    Chemicals panel urged to block chromium VI authorisations

    Environmental groups have urged government delegates to reject European Commission proposals to authorise the use of restricted, carcinogenic chromium compounds ..
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