The European Commission is currently investigating the potential impacts of different ways of setting criteria to identify Endocrine (or Hormone) Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) and has proposed four options. At a recent European Commission conference at the beginning of June the German Risk Assessment Institute (BfR) presented an additional option, which they called ‘option 4b’. CHEM Trust has now analysed this proposal, and finds that it is not a good method to set criteria, from both a scientific and policy point of view. [read more]
Fracking remains near the top of the UK political agenda, with events in the last few weeks adding to the concerns we expressed in our briefing and report, launched on the 21st June. The government has U-turned on the protection of wildlife sites, and more cuts are on the horizon for the regulators. Meanwhile fracking company Cuadrilla has appealed against the decision by Lancashire County Council to refuse it permission to start fracking at two sites. [read more]
A major US-based study has found that producing and using safer chemicals is good for business, and recommends that companies that are not already evaluating the potential of safer chemicals should do so. The study estimates that the market for safer chemicals has 24 times the growth potential of the worldwide conventional chemicals market , and that job creation in safer goods and services is well ahead of the conventional chemical industry. [read more]
A year ago we wrote about new research which found that hazardous chemicals are used in food packaging, and that chemicals in many food packaging materials are not properly regulated by the EU. We sent a letter to the then EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg, and the reply from his office said that the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) was going to start an analysis of this problem. An outline of the terms of reference (TOR) of this analysis was finally released at the end of June 2015, following months of pushing from CHEM Trust, and the study is due to be completed by the beginning of 2016.
Just over a week ago we published our new briefing and detailed report looking at chemical pollution from fracking. It’s been a busy 10 days since publication, with inaccurate criticism of our report from the UK fracking industry, two decisions on fracking applications in Lancashire, UK, and an EU Commission stakeholder meeting. [read more]
CHEM Trust yesterday launched a new report “Chemical Pollution from Fracking” and briefing “Fracking pollution: How toxic chemicals from fracking could affect wildlife and people in the UK and EU“. The report was the result of months of research and was written by a very experienced technical journalist .
A new analysis for chemicals charity CHEM Trust finds that chemicals from fracking sites have the potential to cause significant pollution . This pollution with hazardous chemicals could cause damage to sensitive ecosystems, including killing wildlife, as has happened in the US. Important UK wildlife sites are threatened, which could harm a wide range of species such as butterflies, dragonflies and bats.
CHEM Trust makes 18 recommendations for vital improvements that are needed in the regulation of fracking in order to reduce risks to the environment and human health. In addition, it warns that cuts in regulators such as the Environment Agency in the UK could jeopardise the effectiveness of any regulations . [read more]
The hormone disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in many till (cash) receipts, and the French government has proposed that the EU should ban this use. This proposal has been under discussion in the Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) of the European Chemical Agency (ECHA), who have just stated that they agree with the French government that this chemical presents a risk to workers: [read more]
New research, published today [1,2], finds that low doses of a chemical that leaches from many till receipts and food cans, can change the behaviour of female mice towards their offspring.
The chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), has already been banned from use in baby bottles, and the French government has asked for an EU-wide ban on its use in thermal paper till receipts .
The researchers exposed the mice to either the female hormone or BPA during their development, then later observed their behaviour after they gave birth to young. The level of BPA they were exposed to was considered to be similar to that found in pregnant women. [read more]
Two recent reports have highlighted the way in which certain industries have been lobbying against EU regulation of hormone disrupting chemicals.