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On Jan. 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) to restrict the use of seven Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) compounds in consumer products.

On Jan. 16, 2015 final rules issued by both the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).

On Jan. 12, California’s Office of Health Hazard Assessment released a proposal to repeal and adopt a new Article 6 — the “clear and reasonable warnings” requirements — of the state’s right-to-know law, Proposition 65.

On Jan. 8, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international standards.

On Jan. 13, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 185, The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015, by a vote of 250-175 with bipartisan support.

On Jan. 12, ACA staff testified before the New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Senate Bill 1420, “An Act Requiring Producers of Architectural Paint to Implement or Participate in a Paint Stewardship Program.”

BASF’s coatings division has been named the sole supplier of automotive coatings for the new plant of Chinese automaker Chery in Jacarei, Brazil.

Michelman has reorganized its business structure to comprise three strategic business groups: coatings, industrial manufacturing, and printing and packaging.

Green Biologics Inc. has closed on its previously announced acquisition of the assets of Central MN Ethanol Cooperative LLC (CMEC).

Axalta Coating Systems and Shanghai Kinlita Chemical Co. Ltd. (Kinlita) have signed an agreement to form a joint venture in China.

Allnex has acquired Águia Química, a manufacturer of alkyd and acrylic resins in Brazil.

One of the major economic stories of the second half of 2014 was the sharp decline in the cost of gasoline and other petroleum based products.

The law reauthorizes the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for four years.

The regulations amend the 2008 Definition of Solid Waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and concern the management of hazardous materials sent to recycling. 

ACA submitted comments to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration responding to the agency’s call for input on its proposed Joint Action Plan with Health Canada on cooperation on the adoption and implementation of the Globally Harmonized System on the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). 

President Obama Enacts Tax Extenders

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Tax Increase Prevention Act (H.R. 5771) retroactively extends a package of expired tax provisions for one year through 2014. 

In the case, the petitioners (West Virginia, et al.), are challenging a settlement agreement that committed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose limits on greenhouse gases from power plants.

Manufacturing employment has recovered to some extent since the beginning of the recovery from the financial crisis of 2008.

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