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Brussels criticised for delays in banning toxic chemicals

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ClientEarth said the commission’s inaction meant more exposure to harmful chemicals. Photograph: OJO Images/Rex/Shutterstock

European commission’s inaction is putting people’s health at risk, law firm says

June 11, 2018 — People’s health is being put at risk by Brussels’ slow response to the use of dangerous chemicals, according to a report.

A study by ClientEarth, an environmental law organisation, found that in nine out of 10 cases the European commission’s decision to ban a toxic chemical after it had been identified was “excessively delayed”, sometimes for up to four years. Continue reading Brussels criticised for delays in banning toxic chemicals

Toxic chemicals detected at Tokyo’s new fish market site

tokyo's tsukiji fish market will be replaced by a new facility
TO BE REPLACED. Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market will be replaced by a new facility. Photo from Wikipedia

The controversial project has been delayed over fears about toxic contamination, which also impacted the 2020 Olympics to be hosted by the Japanese capital

TOKYO, Japan (Jan. 14, 2017) — High levels of toxic chemicals were found in groundwater tests at a new facility scheduled to replace Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market – the world’s largest – clouding the costly relocation plan, news reports said Saturday.  Continue reading Toxic chemicals detected at Tokyo’s new fish market site

Blast at Mexico oil plant kills 3, 136 injured

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View of smoke following an explosion at the petrochemical installation of Mexican Oil Company PEMEX in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, Mexico on April 20, 2016.
At least 30 employees were injured in the accident. / AFP PHOTO / IGNACIO CARVAJAL

The blast, which was felt from as far as 10 kilometers (6 miles) away, forced the evacuation of nearby schools and businesses

COATZACOALCOS, México (Apr. 21, 2016) — A massive explosion at an oil facility in southeastern Mexico killed at least 3 people and injured 136, sparking panic as it generated a huge plume of toxic smoke, officials said.

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CIA director says ISIS group has used, can make chem weapons

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CHEMICAL WEAPONS? A file photo dated March 13, 2015 shows Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John O. Brennan speaking during an appearance at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, New York, USA. File photo by Justin Lane/EPA
‘We have a number of instances where [ISIS] has used chemical munitions on the battlefield,’ says CIA director John Brennan

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Feb. 12, 2016) — CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) fighters have used chemical Continue reading CIA director says ISIS group has used, can make chem weapons