OSHA recently issued a compliance directive designed to ensure uniformity in inspection and enforcement procedures when addressing respirable crystalline silica exposures in general industry, maritime, and construction.
The new definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ is far narrower than the previous version, as it excludes federal oversight of isolated wetlands and ephemeral streams that only flow after a heavy rainfall.
ACA joined the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) in comments submitted to the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), urging intercession to resolve issues related to regulation of biocides used in paint formulations.
The INVEST in America Act, which ACA supports, will authorize nearly $500 billion over five years to address some of the country’s most urgent infrastructure needs.
ACA believes that a procedural rule would provide necessary guard rails to ensure consistency, transparency and effective public communication in developing risk mitigation requirements for companies following EPA completion of a Risk Evaluation under TSCA.
Notably, ACA was able to convince the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to revise the definition of “paint” and add a definition for “paint-related waste.” The amendments provide more clarity on what paint products and materials fall under its universal waste rule standards.
ACA supports this bipartisan legislation and is encouraging Congress to support the Innovative Materials for America’s Growth and Infrastructure Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, to encourage research and deployment of innovative construction materials in transportation and water infrastructure projects nationwide.
In announcing the enforcement revisions, OSHA cited improved understanding about the transmission and prevention of infection and government and the private sector response to slow the virus’s spread, protect employees, and adapt to new ways of doing business.
EPA recently published draft risk assessments for a class of antimicrobials called isothiazolinones. Regarding OIT (octhilinone), an isothiazolinone commonly used to preserve paints and coatings, EPA raises concerns for inhalation and dermal exposure for both occupational use (application of paint) and residential/consumer use (application of paint).
America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 provides roughly $17 billion in new federal authorizations to invest in our infrastructure for projects across the country. It sets a two-year goal for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) to complete its feasibility studies for potential projects, consistent with the standard set by President Trump. The Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 reauthorizes Safe Drinking Water Act programs that support drinking water infrastructure and provide resources and technical assistance to communities facing critical drinking water needs.