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California Regulatory Actions on PCBTF, Looking Ahead

September 10, 2019 Government Affairs
Notwithstanding PCBTF’s exempt-VOC status, over the past couple of years, the solvent has been the target of increased regulatory scrutiny. On June 28, 2019, OEHHA added PCBTF to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals.

ACA Encourages Congress to Address PFAS Issues, Prioritizing Cleanup of Contaminated Sites

September 10, 2019 Government Affairs
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, contains provisions that would classify PFAS as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and toxic under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on CFATS Reauthorization

September 10, 2019 Government Affairs
The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) is an important program aimed at preventing chemicals from being stolen, diverted, sabotaged, or deliberately released by terrorist or other bad actors. DHS CFATS regulations were issued as a final rule in November 2007; however, DHS implements the CFATS program under a variety of short-term authorizations by Congress.

ACA Issues Guidance for Members on EPA’s Final RMP Rule Amendments

September 10, 2019 Government Affairs
ACA’s guidance focuses on detailed amendments to the following RMP requirements: 1) Prevention Program; 2) Emergency Response Preparedness; and 3) Information Availability.

WACKER Production Plant for Dispersible Polymer Powders Goes on Stream in South Korea

September 9, 2019 Business News
The spray dryer is engineered to convert liquid dispersions into dispersible polymer powder by feeding them through an atomizer into a stream of hot gas, which dries them extremely quickly to yield a fine powder, the company stated.

Coatex Realigns Distribution of its Coatings Additives in North America

September 9, 2019 Business News
Coatex has changed distributors of its rheological additives for Paints & Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants markets in North America.

CPS Performance Materials Group Acquires Geo Specialty Chemicals

September 9, 2019 Business News
Recently, GEO has undertaken a number of expansions to, according to the company, increase its presence in the attractive markets of materials for contact lenses, additives for oil and gas drilling, and municipal and industrial water treatment.

Nouryon to Double Surfactants Capacity in Sweden

September 9, 2019 Business News
The €12-million expansion and upgrade project includes the installation of a new reactor and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2021.

DIC to Acquire BASF’s Global Pigments Business

September 9, 2019 Business News
BASF stated that it has outlined a clear growth path for DIC with the target to increase its sales to approximately €8 billion, by 2025.

EPA MACT Residual Risk and Technology Review (RTR) Update  

August 27, 2019 Government Affairs
Earlier this month, EPA released a signed version of the proposed Miscellaneous Coatings Manufacturing (MCM) MACT Residual Risk and Technology Review rulemaking. Notably, in its proposal, EPA determined that the residual risk is acceptable.