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Backlash as EPA considers fracking chemicals disclosure rules

30 September 2014 News and Analysis

EPA has been warned that forcing greater transparency could jeopardise trade secrets

White House tightens oversight of dangerous studies

29 September 2014 News and Analysis

New rules governing so-called ‘dual use’ research will take effect in a year, but there is concern that they will stymie critical studies

NIH wants scientists to consider sex in research

26 September 2014 News and Analysis

Preclinical and clinical research is overreliant on male test subjects which can cloud future work in humans

Merck KGaA to buy Sigma–Aldrich

26 September 2014 Business

$17bn acquisition expands Merck’s life science business and US presence, but it isn’t stepping back from drug development

US chemical regulation reform deadlocked once more

25 September 2014 News and Analysis

Efforts to update the US’s nearly 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act are grounded following political squabble

Big name coffee chains drawn into acrylamide fight

23 September 2014 News and Analysis

Starbucks and other coffee chains are being sued in California by a non-profit that wants carcinogen labels slapped on their drinks

US drops restrictions on more GM seeds

22 September 2014 Business

Dow's herbicide-resistant corn and soybeans spark renewed criticism from environmental campaigners

US pushes for global phase-out of HFCs

19 September 2014 Business

Executive actions and industry commitments aim to speed up adoption of alternatives to hydrofluorocarbon greenhouse gases in refrigeration and air conditioning

US genomics lead being lost to China

17 September 2014 News and Analysis

NIH senior leaders are sounding the alarm bells, saying the US's pre-eminence in genomics research is under threat

US bid to control power plant emissions challenged

15 September 2014 News and Analysis

Republican governors from 15 fossil fuel-heavy states claim CO2 rules on shaky legal ground

Eastman snaps up Taminco for $2.8bn

12 September 2014 Business

Purchase will strengthen Eastman in niche markets and offers cost savings

NIH audit turns up plague bacteria and ricin

11 September 2014 News and Analysis

US biomedical research facility turns up five potentially harmful infectious agents inappropriately stowed on its campus

Work starts on US carbon capture project

9 September 2014 News and Analysis

$167 million project in Texas will capture 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide

Almost half of US researchers' time goes on admin

9 September 2014 News and Analysis

Survey finds principal investigators' time taken up by grant writing and post-award admin

BP faces $18bn fine over Deepwater

9 September 2014 Business

US judge rules that BP’s recklessness caused blowout through ‘gross negligence or willful misconduct', but the firm will appeal

EPA targets methane leaks

5 September 2014 News and Analysis

US environment body wants the oil and gas industry to rein in methane pollution

Investigators find cause of West Virginia chemical spill

24 July 2014 Business

Holes in uninspected storage tanks led to leak that contaminated water supplies

UCLA chemist avoids prison time for lethal lab accident

26 June 2014 News and Analysis

Out-of-court agreement resolves ongoing lab safety case

US agencies report back on safeguarding chemical plants

12 June 2014 News and Analysis

Rules for handling ammonium nitrate revisited in wake of West disaster, but industry groups are worried by increasing complexity

Attempted poisoning wasn't chemical warfare, court rules

10 June 2014 News and Analysis

US supreme court throws out microbiologist’s conviction under international chemical weapons treaty

US plans 30% emissions cuts for power plants

5 June 2014 News and Analysis

The Obama administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan has been well-received by environmental groups, but attacked by industry

To lecture or not to lecture?

21 May 2014 News and Analysis

Active learning could substantially cut university students failing science with some claiming continuing lectures is 'unethical'

EPA improves embattled chemical assessment programme

13 May 2014 News and Analysis

Report applauds US environment agency's efforts to improve chemical risk management system, but says reforms are still needed

US safety body says deadly West explosion 'preventable'

25 April 2014 News and Analysis

One year after ammonium nitrate explosion in Texas, Chemical Safety Board calls for new regulations to avert another incident

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