Latest Government Affairs

White House Issues Executive Order for Agency Guidance Documents

October 18, 2019 Government Affairs
The EO requires that executive branch agencies treat guidance documents as non-binding both in law and in practice, take public input into account when appropriate in formulating guidance documents, and make guidance documents readily available to the public.

ACA Submits Comments to Washington State Department of Ecology on Proposed Amendments to Antifouling Bill

October 18, 2019 Government Affairs
ACA submitted comments to the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) on its proposed legislative draft bill that would amend Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 70.300.020 – Restrictions on Sale and Application of Antifouling Paint Containing Copper.

ACA Urges Congress to Adopt the USMCA

October 18, 2019 Government Affairs
The U.S. coatings manufacturing base exports a significant portion of its production to Mexico and Canada — approximately $1.85 billion in 2018, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the industry’s exports — and the United States benefits from a consistently strong trade surplus with both countries.

FTC Considers Enforcement Related to “Made in the USA” Label Statements

October 8, 2019 Government Affairs
FTC hosted a public workshop to further understand consumer perception of “Made in the USA” and other U.S.-origin claims, and to consider whether it can improve its “Made in USA” enforcement program.

OSHA Implements New Weighting System For Workplace Safety and Health Inspections

October 8, 2019 Government Affairs
The new system is based on an evaluation of the existing criteria and a working group’s recommendations regarding improvements to the existing weighting system. OSHA says it has been running the new weighting system to confirm data integrity.  

EPA Issues Guidance for Compliance with the Ban on DCM Paint Strippers

October 8, 2019 Government Affairs
In March 2019, EPA issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint and coating removers for consumer use.

EPA Repeals 2015 Definition of WOTUS

September 24, 2019 Government Affairs
ACA supports EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to effect changes to the rule that will provide continuity and certainty for regulated entities, the States, agency staff, and the public.

EU Hazard Classification for Titanium Dioxide

September 24, 2019 Government Affairs
The European Commission is expected to officially determine that TiO2 dust is “a substance with a suspected carcinogenic effect in humans” through inhalation (Category 2).

OSHA Announces New Members Selected to the National Advisory Committee

September 24, 2019 Government Affairs
The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to the Secretaries of Labor, and Health and Human Services on matters relating to the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.

House Subcommittee Hears Universal Support for CFATS Reauthorization

September 24, 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.