Perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) are not only a huge threat to human health and the environment. They are also a really bad investment for the producers and their investors. Lawsuits and liability cases are making PFAS producing companies such as DuPont, 3M and Chemours lose a ton of money. They are also taking a huge toll on their respective stocks.
Recently, ECHA’s Member State Committee agreed to list GenX chemicals as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). This marks the first time that chemicals are identified as SVHCs in part based on their mobility in the environment.
ChemSec invites you to the full-day event “Ready, Set, Substitute It Now!” in Brussels on November 14, 2019.
It is very hard to say anything in general about the safety of nano. Some materials are probably safe, a few we know are very hazardous, but in general there is a huge gap in knowledge and data.
Save the date! ChemSec invites you to the full-day event “Ready, Set, Substitute It Now!” in Brussels on November 14, 2019. This event will launch a major update to the SIN List, adding both new substances and new substance categories to it.
Last month, 187 governments signed off on amendments that will dramatically expand the Basel Convention’s controls on how plastic waste is exported and imported in the world. This new plastic waste ban is a big deal. It will most likely re-shape the world’s waste trade quite a bit.
On 7 March 2019, the European Court of Justice annulled an authorisation granted under REACH. For this reason, ChemSec and ClientEarth joined forces in a new report that aims to analyse the judgement and translate it into concrete actions for the future.
EU’s food contact materials legislation is up for evaluation, and last month, the EU Commission’s public consultation on the matter came to a close. The current legislation has a whole lot of room for improvements, so naturally ChemSec took the opportunity to comment on it during the consultation.
One big dream that I’ve had since I started working for ChemSec ten years ago, is to see a big chemical producer taking the lead in the transformation to sustainable chemistry. A couple of weeks ago, DSM announced that they aim to phase out all chemicals of high concern from their coating resins. I thought I’d share my thoughts on it.
One of the biggest democratic exercises in the world is approaching rapidly. More than 400 million people from 28 different countries will vote in this month’s European Parliament elections. Or at least they should, especially if they care about progressive chemicals policies.