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EPA Gets More Leeway from Court Decision to Update WOTUS

July 2, 2018 Government Affairs
Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia granted an injunction to 11 states that had sought relief from the 2015 Clean Water Rule, known as Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS. The 2015 rule, issued jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, expands the definition of WOTUS, giving the federal government jurisdiction over some of the smallest waterways in the country.

Congress Considers CFATS Reauthorization

July 2, 2018 Government Affairs
The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program focuses on preventing chemicals from being stolen, diverted, sabotaged or deliberately released by terrorists or other bad actors. Authorization for the current CFATS standards will sunset in January 2019.

IPPIC Comments on ECHA Call for Input on Microplastics in Marine Environment 

July 2, 2018 Government Affairs
Microplastics are synthetic, water-insoluble polymer items smaller than 5 mm. ECHA is investigating the potential impact of microplastics on the (aquatic) environment and human health have generated concerns in Member States of the European Union and worldwide.

CoatingsTech Recognized for Special Issue on Automotive Coatings

July 2, 2018 Industry News
On June 25, the magazine was honored by Association Media & Publishing with a bronze EXCEL Award in the magazine category of Best Single-Topic Issue for CoatingsTech’s February 2017 issue on Automotive Coatings.

EPA Publishes Official Area Designations for Ozone Standards

July 2, 2018 Government Affairs
In October 2015, EPA lowered both the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) NAAQS for ozone from the 2008-set 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb, even though the higher 75 ppb standard was never fully implemented across the country. The 2015-set ozone standard is forcing a significant number of states that are currently “in attainment” to “non-attainment” status.

DIC Establishes Pigments Technical Center Asia Pacific in Indonesia

July 2, 2018 Business News
The facility is DIC Graphics’ Karawang plant, which is engaged primarily in the production of phthalocyanine blue pigments.

Sika Commissions New Factory in Saudi Arabia

July 2, 2018 Business News
Located in Dammam on the east coast of the country, the factory enables Sika not only to increase its production capacity but also to optimize its logistics and cost structure, the company stated.

Sun Chemical in Brazil Relocates to Guarulhos

July 2, 2018 Business News
Prior to the move, Sun Chemical Performance Pigments stocked its materials in a third-party warehouse, which required additional time to deliver goods.

Chromaflo Technologies Appoints D.B. Becker to Expand Territory in Eastern States

July 2, 2018 Business News
“Maroon Group is well-respected in the industries we serve and has been Chromaflo’s distributor in the thirteen Mid-Western U.S. states since 2013."

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals to Upgrade Rotterdam Chlor-alkali Plant

July 2, 2018 Business News
The production line is scheduled to be completed by 2021, and will ensure a continuous supply of chlorine, including when one line is undergoing maintenance, the company stated.