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On July 11, the Texas Supreme Court issued its decision in Bostic v. Georgia Pacific Corporation, rejecting arguments by the plaintiffs' counsel that "any exposure" to asbestos is sufficient to cause mesothelioma – a decision that concurs with ACA’s arguments in an amicus brief submitted to the court in the case on Aug. 22, 2013.

Several Northeastern states in the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) and local California Air Districts have recently proposed amendments, or will likely propose amendments next year, to their regulations governing volatile organic compound (VOC) limits in architectural and industrial maintenance (AIM) coatings.

On June 30, ACA submitted comments to California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on the agency’s pre-regulatory proposed Priority Products listings under the California Safer Consumer Products Regulations.

After 20 years of service to communities nationwide, the National Council to Prevent Delinquency (NCPD) has taken on a new name: the Graffiti Resource Council (GRC). 

On July 8, the U.S. House of Representatives, by voice vote, passed The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 4007).

ACA members are eligible to receive special pricing on the Powder Coating Institute’s (PCI) World of Powder Coating Study.

KH Neochem Co., Ltd. has increased production capacity of 2-ethyl hexanoic acid by 10 percent at its plant in Yokkaichi, Japan.

Lintech International has been named distributor of the year for the second time in a row by Evonik Corporation.

Bayer MaterialScience is closing its site in Darmstadt, Germany.

Huntsman recently celebrated the completion of a new €38 million iron sulfate plant at its titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment manufacturing facility in Scarlino, Italy.

On June 24, ACA testified before the New Jersey Assembly Environment and Sold Waste Committee on Assembly Bill 1603, “The Architectural Paint Stewardship Act."

On July 7, ACA filed an amicus brief in the Texas Supreme Court in a case in which the Houston Court of Appeals imposed forever liability on a previous owner of real property for improvements designed by licensed engineers and constructed by the plant owner, notwithstanding two statutes of repose that require that any claims be brought within 10 years following design or construction.

On June 30, ACA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics on the agency’s Framework for Identifying Lead-Based Paint Hazards from Renovation, Repair and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Building.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has formally adopted the ballast tank treatment system compatibility test method created by the International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) in conjunction with the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).

Bayer Pearl has broken ground for construction of its new headquarters in Dubai Investments Park, UAE.

AkzoNobel is investing more than €6.5 million in its Songjiang site near Shanghai, China.

Carestream Tollcoating is upgrading its Oregon plant to enable cleaner, more precise coating operations and improve coater flexibility.

Clariant and Ashland Inc. have closed on the previously announced sale of their joint venture ASK Chemicals.

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