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Exide Technologies is immediately closing its lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon, California, in the US, admitting felony violations and agreeing to pay millions of dollars to tear down the site and clean neighbouring land. 13 March 2015
Denmark’s retreat from a ban on four phthalates was a talking point at the Plasticisers conference organized by European Plastics News. In this feature, Amanda McCormack reports on presentations from ECPI and other groups. 12 March 2015
Rugasco, Russia’s first producer of polymer-composite gas cylinders, has halted low pressure gas cylinder production at its plant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia and recalled some 30,000 domestic LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) cylinders sold since 2011. 5 March 2015
India’s plastics industry is asking the government to raise import duties on a range of plastic products, arguing that it needs protection from manufactured goods from Southeast Asia and China, in particular. 12 February 2015
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded there is no health risk to consumers of any age group from current exposure levels to bisphenol A (BPA) after it completed a comprehensive evaluation of data. “Exposure from the diet or from a combination of sources (diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper) is considerably under the safe level (the “tolerable daily intake” or TDI),” said EFSA in a statement. 21 January 2015
The EU wants to increase industry’s share of GDP to 20%. But polymer producers told officials at PolyTalk in Brussels they are directing expenditure to the US, not Europe. In a feature article, EPN looks at issues of competitiveness and sustainability that were debated at the PolyTalk event. 7 January 2015
Trade organisation GlassFibreEurope has backed new European Union (EU) trade measures that have been taken against Chinese glass fibre exporters. 6 January 2015
European trade body PlasticsEurope has welcomed the European Commission’s (EC) decision to scrap its Circular Economy Package. 18 December 2014
The European Commission has withdrawn its Circular Economy initiative from its 2015 work programme, which it will “replace by a new, more ambitious proposal by end 2015”. The Commission revealed the Circular Economy package, which was launched in July, was one of 80 proposals it has axed from its 2015 programme, with its work plans now focused on 23 initiatives. 17 December 2014
Representatives of European Union (EU) member states hammered out a deal last Friday to reduce consumption of lightweight plastic bags to 40 bags a year by 2025. National governments will have to either reduce average lightweight plastic bags consumption to 90 bags per person per year by 2019 and 40 by 2025 or ensure that, by 2018, all bags are charged for. 24 November 2014
Pakistan has launched dispute proceedings at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) signalling it wants to challenge countervailing duties imposed by the European Union on exports of PET by some Pakistani producers. 13 November 2014
A statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in California is just a signature away. 1 September 2014
The Danish government has scrapped planned legislation that would have banned the use of four phthalates: DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP. The European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates (ECPI) welcomed the decision, but warned that Denmark risks creating confusion by submitting new proposals under Reach that may duplicate work on restrictions that are already agreed. 14 July 2014
The European Commission’s plans to cut consumption of lightweight plastic bags are at odds with the principals of free trade, according to an alliance of trade bodies including PlasticsEurope, the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union and the Toy Industries of Europe. 16 April 2014
The global push on toy safety in recent years, which some government regulators believe has reduced the number of unsafe toys in the market, is not going away. 5 February 2014

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