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Regulators propose to drastically reduce legal limit for cancer-causing chemicals in artificial sports pitches 

“Cancer-causing chemicals in artificial grass pitches could be slashed to less than one fiftieth of current levels under plans drawn up by regulators” writes Daniel Zeqiri for telegraph.co.uk. Europe’s leading authority on chemical safety, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), announced on Thursday that it had prepared a proposal in co-operation with the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) that would drastically reduce the legal limit for carcinogenic substances in the infill used in so-called ‘third generation’ (3G) surfaces. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Dangerous ‘forever chemicals’ have been found in US drinking water at alarmingly high rates. Here’s what to know about PFAS.

“Other states put the safe drinking threshold much lower when they test for the five most ubiquitous PFAS chemicals” writes Hilary Brueck for businessinsider.com. Plus, PFAS chemicals are still in use in other places around the world, and can be imported in many products, including carpets, coatings, rubbers, plastics, and fabrics. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Critics pan EPA plan for evaluating studies of toxic chemicals

“Academic scientists and advocacy groups are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw and rewrite proposed guidelines for determining which scientific findings to use when evaluating the safety of toxic chemicals” writes Vanessa Zainzinger for sciencemag.org. Critics say that if adopted, the guidance will allow regulators to exclude high-quality health and risk studies for “ridiculous” reasons, favor industry-backed research, and prevent EPA from considering academic studies that rest on innovative methods.In contrast, the critics note, the TSCA guidance fails to mention financial conflicts of interest as a reason for…

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Children’s crayons found to contain dangerous chemicals, report says

“A public interest group said this week that it had found toxic substances in a number of school supplies, including asbestos in a Playskool crayon and another carcinogen, benzene, in a dry-erase marker” writes Niraj Chokshi for independent.co.uk. It also called on policymakers to continue to support the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency, and urged the commission itself to test more school supplies for dangerous chemicals. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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Don’t microwave children’s food in plastic containers, avoid dishwasher: Doctors

“The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for stronger federal food safety requirements, warning families to avoid microwaving and dishwashing plastic containers that contain harmful chemicals” writes Usa Today for suntimes.com. Choosing whole foods over processed food also reduces risk of contamination, as well as washing hands and produce during food preparation. The most concerning additives are: Bisphenols (such as BPA), phthalates, perfluoroalkyl chemicals, perchlorate, nitrates/nitrites and artificial food coloring. “Even small disruptions at key moments during development can have lifelong consequences,” Transande said. Source: suntimes.com Share This:

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Here’s what the U.S. and Europe are fighting over — trade highlights and lowlights

“President DonaldTrump on Wednesday met with Jean-Claude Juncker, his European Union counterpart, to try to resolve worsening tensions over trade” writes Jeffry Bartash for marketwatch.com. BMWs, prescription drugs, French wine and heavy construction equipment — there’s your large U.S. trade deficit with Europe.Germany accounted for 42% of the U.S. trade gap with the European Union. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Barclays has poached a senior banker from JPMorgan as its new global head of chemicals

“Rob Jeffries is joining the British lender as vice chairman and global head of chemicals banking, Barclays announced Wednesday” writes Alex Morrell for businessinsider.com. Barclays has hired a senior banker from JPMorgan Chase to run its chemicals coverage globally. The firm ranked third in chemicals banking through the first half of 2018.Jeffries’ hire bolsters Barclays investment banking practice, which ranked 7th globally in 2017, according to Dealogic.The Chemicals space represents an important opportunity-set for our investment banking business, and the team is achieving outstanding results and momentum in the sector,”…

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Food chemicals can harm children, doctors say

“The chemicals added to food and used in food packaging are potentially harmful to children, said a major pediatricians’ group Monday” writes Sonja Haller for usatoday.com. In a policy statement, the AAP, which represents 67,000 children’s doctors, argued for more rigorous testing and regulation of food additives. The chemicals that raised the most concern are: The AAP policy statement suggested a few low-cost practices to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals in food: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.All humans are impacted by the chemicals, but children are hurt the most, said Leonardo Trasande,…

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Saudi Aramco in talks for stake in world’s fourth-largest chemical firm

“Saudi Aramco said on Thursday it is looking to buy a stake in Saudi petrochemical maker SABIC, a move that could boost the state oil giant’s market valuation ahead of a planned initial public offering” writes Ahmed Jadallah for cnbc.com. The Aramco IPO is the centrepiece of an ambitious plan championed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy beyond oil.The oil giant is expanding its footprint globally by signing downstream deals and boosting the capacity of its plants. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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EU mulls coal, pharma, chemicals tariffs if U.S. hits cars: Wiwo

“BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Union will consider introducing tariffs on coal, pharmaceuticals and chemical products from the United States if President Donald Trump imposes restrictions on European cars, Germany’s Wirtschaftswoche magazine reported on Thursday” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Juncker is due to meet Trump on July 25 and has said he will explain that the European Commission coordinates trade policy for the 28-nation bloc.Juncker heads to Washington next week to discuss strained trade relations between the EU and U.S. after Trump imposed tariffs on EU steel and…

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