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The letter, organized by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) was signed by some 260 associations and chambers of commerce.

More security compliance inspections will occur at facilities beginning this fall, according to Kelly Murray, section chief of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Infrastructure Security Compliance Division.

OSHA is attempting to clarify its longstanding position that it is an employer’s duty to record an injury or illness for the full duration of the record-retention-and-access period (for 5 years after the end of the calendar year in which the injury or illness became recordable). 

On July 21, the Senate Finance Committee approved a two-year extension of more than 50 expired tax provisions, known as “tax extenders,” by a 23–3 vote.

Royal DSM and CVC Capital Partners (CVC) have finalized the partnership for DSM’s activities in polymer intermediates (caprolactam and acrylonitrile) and composite resins through the formation of a new company, ChemicaInvest B.V.

AkzoNobel’s performance coatings business is working with Siemens to provide coatings and corrosion protection for the expansion of a major power plant in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Micro Powders, Inc. has completed an expansion of their Tarrytown, N.Y. product development laboratory that triples the size of the previous space.

BASF has announced that it will form a global business unit (GBU) combining all of its pigments activities, effective January 2016.

Benjamin Moore has opened a new industrial space in Landover, Md.

The Lubrizol Corporation has announced the launch of a new hyperdispersant reactor at its facility in Avon Lake, Ohio, for manufacturing its Solsperse™ line.

On July 21, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture voted favorably to advance Senate Bill 408 – An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Paint Stewardship Program.

On July 3, the Oregon state legislature passed S. 478, the Toxic-Free Kids Act, by a vote of 43 to 17 in the House and a vote of 18 to 11 in the Senate. 

July 8, 2015 marked the first day of PaintCare® program operations in Colorado.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued instructions this month to compliance safety and health officers on how to ensure consistent enforcement of the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).

On July 8, ACA submitted comments to California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) in anticipation of the district amending Rule 1113 for Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) coatings.

PPG Industries has announced the appointment of Michael H. McGarry as president and CEO, effective Sept.1, 2015.

Following its binding offer, Imerys has entered into exclusive negotiations with Solvay to acquire its precipitated calcium carbonates (PCC) division.

AkzoNobel has sold its Zeta Fraction™ biomaterials technology to Ashland Inc.

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