Press Release: PFAS public consultation: draft opinion explained

Polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are a group of man-made chemicals that includes perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS) and many others. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the world since the 1940s. Certain PFAS such as PFOA and PFOS, PFNA and PFHxS, don’t break down in the environment or in the human body, and can accumulate over time. Exposure to PFAS may lead to adverse health effects. People can be exposed to PFAS in different ways, for example through food. Food can become contaminated through contaminated soil and water used to grow the food, through the concentration of these substances in animals via feed and water, through food packaging containing PFAS, or equipment that contained PFAS during food processing.

Question for a Written Answer: Commissioner Vella’s reply to Question P-004807/2018 by Werner Langen (PPE)

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Summary fact sheets of the established EU-LCI values – February 2020

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Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (5 March 2020)

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ECHA Stakeholder consultation: draft risk profiles for proposed persistent organic pollutants

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ECHA: Consultation on harmonised classification and labelling

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ECHA Report: Estimating the number and types of applications for 11 substances added to the Authorisation List in February 2020

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ECHA Press Release: Companies need to provide more data on nanoforms

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Report: Circular Economy – Principles for Building Design

The paper aims to help reduce the environmental impacts and lifecycle costs of buildings. The target audience is construction industry actors, including economic operators in the value chain, policymakers, legal and technical actors.

Event: Agriculture and food changemakers (Brussels, 03 March 2020)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with the Commission on lead gunshots (18 February 2020)

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UPDATED – Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/217 of 4 October 2019 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures and correcting that Regulation

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UPDATED – ‘I/A’ Item Note: Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the quality of water intended for human consumption (recast)

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Written Answer to a Question: Pollution in the Nabão river valley (Portugal)

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Written Answer to a Question: Economic and employment impact of the ‘plastics tax’

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Written Answer to a Question: Air pollution in Bulgaria and the trade in waste for combustion

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Standing Committee on Biocidal Products (7 February 2020)

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Agenda: Counsellors/Attachés (Agri – Phytosanitary Matters) (02 March 2020)

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9715 PCG / PCC / JV

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Note: 8th Round of Mutual Evaluations – ‘The practical implementation and operation of European policies on preventing and combating Environmental Crime’

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Written Answer to a Question: Restricting or banning certain pyrotechnic articles in the EU

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ECHA: New proposals and intentions to harmonise classification and labelling

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ECHA: Substance Evaluation Conclusion

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