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On March 25, ACA testified at the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) public hearing on the proposed new Article 6, the Clear and Reasonable Warnings, regulations to Prop 65.

On April 15, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT, ACA will host a free, two-hour webinar for its members on the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration's (OSHA) revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012), which implements the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in the United States.

Last month, ACA filed an amicus brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Volvo Powertrain Corporation v. United States of America, California Air Resources Board

DC PaintCare® Law Enacted

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The law creating ACA’s PaintCare® program in the District of Columbia was enacted on March 11, following U.S. Congressional review.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to propose a rule requiring chemical manufacturers and processors to report information on their use of nanoscale forms of certain chemical substances under section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

On March 24, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary passed H.R. 348, the “Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act of 2015,” by a 15-11 vote. 

The publication Trade Show Executive has announced its Fastest 50 Class of 2014 and, for the second time, the American Coatings Show (ACS) has a coveted spot on the list of the most dynamic and fastest-growing trade shows in North America.

BASF and Heidelberg University have signed a new agreement for their joint catalysis laboratory that will extend the partnership through 2017.

AkzoNobel plans to invest more than €20 million in its organic peroxide production facilities in Mons, Belgium, and Houston (Pasadena), Texas, in the United States.

PPG Industries has completed the $40 million expansion of its coatings manufacturing facility at Sumaré, São Paulo, in Brazil.

Eastman Chemical Company has announced plans to launch several new amorphous polyolefin (APO) product grades in 2015.

Evonik Industries AG has signed an agreement with Monarch Catalyst Pvt. Ltd. in Dombivli, India to acquire 100 percent of the company’s shares.

 Single-family starts in February — the most recent month reported — were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000, which is 14.9 percent below the revised January figure of 697,000.

On March 10, Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and David Vitter (R-LA), along with 15 other cosponsors — seven Democrats and eight Republicans — introduced “The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.” 

ACA provided a Statement for the Record to the U.S. House Committee on Small Business before the full committee hearing, “Tangled in Red Tape: New Challenges for Small Manufacturers.”

On March 17, ACA, PaintCare® staff and members of industry testified before the Washington Senate Committee on Energy, Environment, and Telecommunications in support of House Bill 1571 – An Act Relating to Paint Stewardship.

On March 17, ACA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in opposition to the agency’s proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Ozone.

International Affairs Update

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

An update on varied international affairs.

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