Latest Industry News

IPPIC and IMarEST Launch Template for Biofouling Management Plan

August 15, 2017 Industry News
The IPPIC and IMarEST template addresses issues germane to coatings in the IMO’s 2011 “Guidelines for the Control and Management of Ships' Biofouling to Minimize the Transfer of Invasive Aquatic Species."

ACA Seeks Tax Treatment Adjustment

August 15, 2017 Industry News
Corporate tax reform is a federal priority for ACA, which has long maintained that U.S. manufacturers face higher tax costs than almost all its competitors in other countries. ACA believes the current tax system has created an uncertain environment that consistently undermines manufacturers’ ability to compete and succeed in the global marketplace.

ACA Joins Coalition Letter on Maintaining NAFTA ISDS

August 15, 2017 Industry News
ACA believes that investment and investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) remain high priorities in the NAFTA modernization to strengthen enforcement and ensure the fair treatment for U.S. individual, non-profit and business investors.

Chemical Distributors Maintain Important Role in Supply Chain

August 15, 2017 Industry News
The Census reported on Aug. 9 that sales of chemical distributors (not including manufacturers’ sales branches and offices), were $465.8 billion, up 0.7 percent from the revised May level, and up 5.5 percent from the June 2016 level on a seasonally adjusted basis.

EPA to Publish Three Final Rules under TSCA

August 1, 2017 Industry News
The TSCA rules are 1) procedures for prioritization of existing chemicals, 2) procedures for EPA risk evaluations of existing chemicals, and 3) a reporting rule to “reset” the TSCA inventory.

House Passes Bill to Delay Ozone Standards to 2025

August 1, 2017 Industry News
The legislation, which ACA supported, would give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) an additional eight years to determine which areas of the country do not meet the 70 parts per billion ozone standards set in 2015.

EPA to Clarify Definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS)

August 1, 2017 Industry News
During the 2014-2015 rulemaking process, ACA opposed EPA and the Army’s efforts to dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the United States. Because of the expanded WOTUS definition, the federal government was given jurisdiction over some of the smallest waterways in the country.

ACA Engages in SCAQMD Rulemaking for Industrial Adhesives and Sealants

August 1, 2017 Industry News
Industrial applications of adhesives and sealants are subject to air quality regulations in the states and local air districts in California. There is no national rule for industrial adhesives and sealants. Rule 1168 remains the most stringent regulation for industrial adhesive applications, and it has been embraced by the Green Building community as the "standard" for adhesives and sealants in the construction of new buildings.

Department of Labor Data Show Slight Slowing of Compensation Cost Increase

August 1, 2017 Industry News
Looking at longer term trends in manufacturing, manufacturing compensation has risen at a rate slightly below all workers (since the end of 2005), with retail trade, transportation, and utilities outpacing manufacturing.

ACA Submits Comments to EPA in Support of Second Alternative for TSCA ‘Unique Identifiers’

July 18, 2017 Industry News
The amended TSCA requires that EPA establish unique identifiers for “each specific chemical identity for which the Administrator approves a request for protection from disclosure." In early May, EPA proposed two alternative methods of issuing unique identifiers.