Latest Government Affairs

USMCA: Coatings Industry Urges Swift Passage

December 2, 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.

EPA Proposes Additional Substantiation Questions for TSCA Inventory CBI Claims

November 18, 2019 Government Affairs
EPA is proposing two additional questions addressing reverse engineering that companies would be required to answer to substantiate CBI claims for specific chemical identities; and is proposing procedures for companies to use in amending certain previously-submitted substantiations to include responses to the additional questions.

EPA Designates Aerosol Cans as Universal Waste

November 18, 2019 Government Affairs
Under the reclassification, aerosol cans, pressurized or spent — including spray paint cans — will be treated and handled as universal waste.

OEHHA Proposes Risk Factors for PCBTF

November 5, 2019 Government Affairs
California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released a proposed PCBTF cancer inhalation unit risk (IUR) factor, as well as a No Significant Risk Level (NSRL).

CARB Opens 2018 Aerosol Coating and Adhesive Products Survey

November 5, 2019 Government Affairs
Survey completion is mandatory under California State Law for those companies listed on the label of an aerosol coating or aerosol adhesive product sold or supplied for use in California during 2018.

CARB to Hold Consumer Products Regulatory Workshop Nov. 7

November 5, 2019 Government Affairs
The CARB workshop is part of the board’s process aimed at reducing smog-forming volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from over 100 categories of consumer products.

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.