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The International Paint & Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) is working with the UN’s Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP) to promote the establishment of appropriate national regulatory frameworks to stop the manufacture, import, export, sale, and use of lead paints and products coated with lead paints.

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ACA recently joined the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), an organization founded by institutional purchasers, suppliers, and other interested stakeholders with the goal of creating a framework for sustainable institutional purchasing. 

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On Oct. 13, ACA submitted comments to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in response to its Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Supplemental NPRM) on workplace injury and illness reporting.

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On Oct. 14, ACA filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court – SQM North America Corporation v. City of Pomona – urging the nation’s highest court to accept certiorari review of a split among the circuits regarding the scope of a trial court's “gatekeeper” responsibility, and to exclude scientifically unreliable expert testimony.

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On Oct. 17, ACA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the agency’s Aug. 18 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to update its Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.

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On Sept. 29, ACA submitted comments to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in response to a proposed rule initiated by a citizens’ petition that would designate four phthalates as priority chemicals under Maine’s Kid-Safe Products Act and require reporting for manufacturers of children’s products containing one or more of the listed phthalates.

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Several states are in the process of adopting the 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Surface Coating Control Technique Guidelines (CTGs), which will lower the volatile organic compound (VOC) limits for factory-applied (OEM) miscellaneous metal and plastic parts coatings.

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The monthly change in the unemployment rate often makes the news, particularly when reported to cross a numerical thresholds, as it did when September data were released in early October. 

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On Sept. 18, Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) released her own draft of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform to the public.

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This would allow comments to be submitted by Jan. 27, 2015 rather than the current deadline of Oct. 29, 2014

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