EU Environment Report - April 2013

In This Issue:


- Commission adds eight substances to REACH authorisation list

*Climate Change:

- European Parliament opposes “backloading” proposal for ETS allowances

- Council adopts decision on temporary derogation from the ETS Directive for intercontinental flights

*Liability for Environmental Damage:

- Commission issues Green Paper on how to promote disaster insurance

- Proposal to strengthen French environmental liability law being discussed in upper house of French parliament


- Member States agree on new rules regarding imports of genetically modified food and animal feed

- Commission publishes its environmental footprinting package

- JRC study finds levels of pollutants in sewage sludge are too low to present a measurable risk


- ECJ rules that endangered habitats must not be damaged for development purposes, except for reasons of overriding public interest

*The Months Ahead:

- Workshops & Conferences

- Excerpt from CHEMICALS: Commission adds eight substances to REACH authorisation list:

On 18 April, the European Commission (“Commission”) adopted Regulation 348/2013 adding eight substances to the REACH authorisation list. There are now a total of twenty-two substances of very high concern (“SVHCs”) on the REACH authorisation list. SVHCs listed on the “authorisation list” require prior authorisation from the European Chemicals Agency before they can be used, placed on the market or imported into the EU after a certain date. The new substances which have been added to the list are trichloroethylene, chromium trioxide, acids generated from chromium trioxide and their oligomers (chromic acid, dichromic acid, oligomers of chromic acid and dichromic acid), sodium dichromate, potassium dichromate, ammonium dichromate, potassium chromate and sodium chromate...

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