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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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On Sept. 12, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released the first draft of its three-year Priority Product Work Plan, identifying the product categories the department may evaluate in the next three years under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations.

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On Sept. 9, California’s State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) passed a proposal by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB) revising the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for copper and required reductions to meet the limits for Marina del Rey Harbor.

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On Sept. 23, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released a list of 80 substances that will undergo Risk Management Options Analysis (ROMA) under the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemical’s (REACH) regulation.

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On Aug. 28, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final risk assessment on methylene chloride (DCM). The risk assessment was started in 2012 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan.

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U.S. Coatings Exports Remain Strong

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Although the manufacturing sector has long seen substantial trade deficits, the coatings industry has traditionally been a strong net export sector.

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