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Foreign Investment: China Releases Draft Measures On Approval of Direct, Overseas Projects

08/23/12 - By Michael Standaert - SHENZHEN, China—China's National Development and Reform Commission issued two draft measures for public comment Aug. 16 on approving domestic foreign...

China Increases Rare Earth Export Allocations

08/23/12 - Bloomberg News (8/23) reports, "China, the world's biggest supplier of rare earths, increased export quotas to companies by 2.7 percent to the highest in three years after they complied with environmental standards." ...

EPA Stops the Importation of Short-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins as Part of Settlement with INEOS

08/22/12 - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with INEOS Chlor Americas, Inc., based in Wilmington, Del., to resolve violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). INEOS allegedly imported...

China to Request WTO Decision On U.S. Countervailing Duty Orders

08/22/12 - By Daniel Pruzin - China will ask a World Trade Organization dispute panel to rule whether U.S. countervailing duty orders targeting nearly two dozen imported Chinese goods are in violation of global trading rules...

Business Groups Expect Sept. 12 Vote on Russia Trade Bill

08/21/12 - By Ben Weyl, CQ Staff - The House may vote on legislation to establish permanent normal trade relations with Russia shortly after returning from its August recess, according to business leaders urging support for the bill...

EU Chemicals Agency Lists 38 Substances As Possibly Subject to Bans Under REACH

08/21/12 - By Stephen Gardner - BRUSSELS—The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Aug. 17 listed 38 chemicals as potential “substances of very high concern” (SVHC), meaning they could be banned or have limitations placed on their use under the European Union's REACH legislation...

U.S., Japan Ask Argentina for WTO Consultations on Import Restrictions

08/21/12 - By Rossella Brevetti and David Haskel - The United States and Japan Aug. 21, in separate filings, asked Argentina for World Trade Organization consultations on measures the Southern Cone country applies to imports, including import licensing requirements that allegedly unfairly restrict U.S. exports...

Availability of Risk Assessment Plans for 2012 Work Plan Chemicals

08/21/12 - On August 17, 2012, EPA published the Peer Review Plans for the risk assessments on the seven 2012 work plan chemicals. The plans, which form part of the Agency's Peer Review Agenda, describe the...

Safer Consumer Product Regulations Notice

08/20/12 - NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Department of Toxic Substances Control is extending the 45-day public comment period for the Safer Consumer Product proposed regulations,...

U.S. Trans-Pacific Partners Move Toward Trade Deal

08/18/12 - U.S. and eight other nations making significant progress toward concluding a comprehensive trade agreement.
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