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Fears free trade agreements will hamstring chemical legislation

10 April 2014 News and Analysis

Corporate watchdogs worry accords being prepared by Europe and North America will impede environmental protection efforts

Obama’s proposed science budget disappoints

7 March 2014 News and Analysis

Funding requests for 2015 for major US science agencies fail to keep pace with inflation

Politicians accuse US food agency of illegally monitoring employees

6 March 2014 News and Analysis

Republican staff report calls the Food and Drug Administration's surveillance of whistleblowers unlawful

California and Chemtura clash over fire safety

28 January 2014 Business

New rules eliminate the need for flame retardants in furniture

Mixed US budget news for research

17 January 2014 News and Analysis

Congress comes together to produce a budget that rolls back dreaded across-the-board cuts, but doesn’t keep up with inflation

FDA wants the dirt on antibacterial soaps

24 December 2013 News and Analysis

US manufacturers will have to prove their products are safe and more effective than ordinary soap, under a proposed rule

Stolen radiotherapy unit sparks soul-searching on nuclear security

19 December 2013 News and Analysis

Recovery of cobalt-60 in Mexico greeted with relief and awkward questions on keeping radioactive materials safe

Mercury levels falls in US women

27 November 2013 News and Analysis

Environmental Protection Agency believes women's fish choices are responsible for the reduction

Forensic chemist imprisoned for falsifying tests

27 November 2013 News and Analysis

US crime lab analyst sentenced to three to five years for tampering with narcotics evidence, obstructing justice

Reach is a big trade barrier, say US manufacturers

27 November 2013 Business

Europe says requirements for US companies are the same as for EU competitors

Pacific Coast climate alignment

4 November 2013 News and Analysis

Leaders of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia sign climate pact to harmonise greenhouse gas emissions, account for carbon pollution

Critical isotope threat to two-thirds of US nuclear reactors

25 October 2013 News and Analysis

Congress’ watchdog says US government needs to do more to secure America’s supply of lithium-7

West Fertilizer plant cited for 24 ‘serious’ safety violations

14 October 2013 News and Analysis

Safety body says chemical plant exposed workers to fire and explosion hazards

US government shutdown hits science, chemical industry

4 October 2013 News and Analysis

Agency closures caused by political impasse on Capitol Hill sees scientists sent home and industry irritated

US employment picture brightens for chemists

2 October 2013 News and Analysis

American Chemical Society salary data shows unemployment dropped for chemists and chemical engineers in 2013

Oak Ridge lab plans voluntary layoffs for 10% of workers

1 October 2013 News and Analysis

Budgetary pressure leads to offer of voluntary separation packages to as many as 475 of its 4500 employees

Canadians rally for science

20 September 2013 News and Analysis

Cuts to Canada’s S&T programmes and concerns about restrictions on government scientists spark pro-science protests

Funding woes lead US scientists to consider moving overseas

5 September 2013 News and Analysis

Survey finds almost 20% of respondents contemplating going abroad, but the findings are criticised as unscientific

US not accurately tracking serious chemical accidents

3 September 2013 News and Analysis

Even America’s best chemical incident data is only 10% accurate, a Dallas Morning News investigation has found

EPA pushes pesticide labels to protect bees

21 August 2013 News and Analysis

US agency’s new labels forbid use of some neonicotinoids where bees are present

Texas plant explosion prompts calls for stricter rules

11 July 2013 Business

The incident was caused by unregulated and improper storage of ammonium nitrate, investigators find

Industry applauds US chemical reform bill

30 May 2013 Business

Trade groups call the bipartisan bill an effective compromise, but environmental groups say it is too weak

US supreme court rules in favour of Monsanto

22 May 2013 News and Analysis

An Indiana farmer who was trying to replicate Monsanto-patented seeds infringed on the company’s intellectual property rights, the Supreme Court has determined

Lawrence Livermore lab offers voluntary redundancy to 10% of employees

15 May 2013 News and Analysis

US Department of Energy lab is trying to address anticipated budgetary difficulties by cutting 600 workers

US moves in different direction on pesticides

7 May 2013 News and Analysis

While the EU is zeroing in on neonicotinoids as a major cause of bee deaths, the US is looking elsewhere