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Specialty paint and wallpaper stores (NAICS 44412) are a key sales outlet for architectural coatings, along with the more general retailer building material and supply dealer channel (NAICS 4441).

On Aug. 11, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Reverse Logistics — the safe return of goods from the consumer/marketplace to the vendor, manufacturer, or supplier for reuse, recycling, or disposal.

On Aug. 12, the American Coatings Association (ACA) along with eight other trade associations sent a letter to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) petitioning the agency to provide relief from the implementation dates for labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) under the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) for chemical product formulators.

On July 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Request for Information (RFI) with proposed modernizations to the Risk Management Programs (RMP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

On July 2, Green Seal – a private, third-party product certification company – issued a notice of its intent to revise the performance criteria and expand the scope of its coatings environmental certification standards GS-11 for Paint and Coatings and GS-47 for Stains and Finishes.

On July 31, President Obama signed The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (EO).

PPG Industries is investing approximately $40 million in its coatings manufacturing facility in Sumare, São Paulo, Brazil.

Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., has announced that it will expand capacity at its Natrosol™ hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) production facility in Nanjing, China.

VanDeMark Chemical Inc. of Lockport, N.Y., an independent manufacturer of phosgene and phosgene derivatives in North America, has acquired Framochem Kft, a manufacturer of phosgene products based in Hungary.

Emerald Performance Materials, LLC, has completed its sale to an affiliate of private equity firm American Securities LLC.

ACA’s PaintCare® program has reached a major milestone: it has established over 1,000 drop-off sites for its programs operating in five states.

GRC Exhibits at NACO; NLC Next

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Last month, the Graffiti Resource Council (GRC) exhibited at the National Association of Counties (NACO) Annual Conference and Exposition in New Orleans, La.

On July 29, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection held a public hearing on a proposed rule initiated by a citizens’ petition that would designate four phthalates as priority chemicals under Maine’s Kid-Safe Products Act and require reporting for manufacturers of certain products containing one or more of the listed phthalates.

On July 30, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved bipartisan legislation aimed at improving the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.

On July 24, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a 2010 ruling by a federal judge in Wisconsin's Eastern District that had held that Wisconsin's common law doctrine of lead-based paint market share liability violated substantive Due Process, Takings, or Interstate-Commerce clauses of the Constitution.

Tnemec Mourns Loss of Mike Bauer

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Mike Bauer, former Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs for Tnemec Company Inc., passed away on July 3, 2014, at age 70.

Flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Americas has moved its center of operations to a new facility in Spring, Texas.

RPM International Inc. has announced that its Rust-Oleum Group has acquired Krud Kutter, Inc., a marketer of specialty cleaning products for both residential and industrial markets.

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