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