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On Nov. 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule to revise the national primary ozone standard to between 65 and 70 parts per billion under the Clean Air Act. 

On Dec. 1, ACA and 25 other organizations sent a letter to Barbara Lee, the new director of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), urging transparency and stakeholder input in the development of the agency’s Safer Consumer Products Draft Priority Product Work Plan, released on Sept. 12.

The 6-0 court decision in the Tincher v. Omega Flex Inc. case strikes down the state’s precedent, set in 1978 by Azzarello v. Black Brothers Co. case, which precluded all evidence of negligence in strict liability cases.

Earlier this month, ACA sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate expressing their support of and urging passage of bipartisan legislation aimed at improving the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.

ACA is pleased to announce that Dr. Danny C. Rich, manager of Sun Chemical Corporation’s Color Research Laboratory, will deliver the Mattiello Memorial Lecture at its CoatingsTech Conference, March 9-11, 2015, at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville, Ky. 

ACA is pleased to announce that Dr. Rigoberto Advincula, a professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering at Case Western Univesity, will deliver the keynote address at ACA’s CoatingsTech Conference, March 9-11, 2015, at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville, Ky. 

ACA is pleased to announce that Gregg Smith, managing director for Cabot Corporation’s New Business Development and Scouting group, will deliver the Technical Focus Lecture at its CoatingsTech Conference, March 9-11, 2015, at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville, Ky. 

The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that its estimates of construction spending during October 2014 was $971.0 billion estimated to be $971.0 billion (seasonally adjusted annual rate or SAAR)  which is 1.1 percent above the revised September estimate of $960.3 billion and 3.3 percent above the October 2013 estimate of $939.9 billion.

Lonza Inc. has appointed KODA Distribution Group (KDG) as its representative for the functional chemicals line of products.

Huntsman Corporation has announced a major restructuring action.

Ferro Corporation has completed the acquisition of Italian tile coating manufacturer Vetriceramici S.p.A. for €83 million. 

AkzoNobel Performance Coatings has signed a contract with Daimler AG to become one of its approved suppliers for vehicle refinishes.

Vencorex is expanding production at two of its locations.

ACA urged Congress to act with immediacy to extend the expired and expiring tax provisions in a Nov. 18 letter.

ACA joined with more than 300 trade associations and chambers from 50 states representing a wide range of industries to voice strong concerns about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule to dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the United States, and calling for the proposal to be withdrawn

On Nov. 18, at a hearing of the Council of the District of Columbia, council members voted unanimously to approve B20-0886, “The Paint Stewardship Act” — legislation that, if enacted, would bring ACA’s PaintCare® program to Washington, D.C.

On Nov. 10, ACA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) proposed rulemaking for Reverse Logistics — the safe return of goods from the consumer/marketplace to the vendor, manufacturer, or supplier for reuse, recycling, or disposal. 

Axalta Coating Systems has broken ground on a new facility for the training of coatings professionals.

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