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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."
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.