Latest Government Affairs

OSHA Reminds Employers About Submitting Injury and Illness Data

August 13, 2019 Government Affairs
OSHA urges employers who have not already done so to submit their 2018 OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). Establishments with 250 or more employees that are required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, AND establishments with 20 to 249 employees in certain industries must submit Form 300A.  

ACA, Members Urge Congress to Adopt the USMCA

July 30, 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.

ACA Urges Congressional Action on CFATS Bill

July 30, 2019 Government Affairs
ACA’s members own and operate paint, coatings, resin, and chemical manufacturing facilities that are potentially subject to the CFATS provisions.

Second Quarter GDP: Beyond the Headlines

July 30, 2019 Government Affairs
As many business news headlines noted, the economy’s growth rate declined to 2.1% from the first quarter’s 3.1%, although the reported 2.1% was higher than most forecasts predicted. The Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow prediction, based on a dynamic model developed by the bank, was 1.3%.  

Overview of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Environmental Issues

July 16, 2019 Government Affairs
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class consisting of thousands of chemicals that have been used in a variety of products, most notably fire suppression systems.

CFATS Personnel Surety Program Implementation Expanded to Tier 3 & 4 Facilities

July 16, 2019 Government Affairs
The CFATS Personnel Surety Program implementation at all high-risk chemical facilities is being rolled out in a phased manner in order for DHS to assist facilities submitting information.

U.S. Green Building Council Seeks Input for the Future of LEED

July 16, 2019 Government Affairs
In April, USBGC released the updated LEED v4.1, builds on new methodologies for measuring building performance. This includes changes to the Material and Resources (MR) categories and the Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) categories.

New York Legislature Passes PaintCare Bill, Governor Expected to Sign into Law

July 2, 2019 Government Affairs
PaintCare has had resounding success in the nine jurisdictions in which program operations have been implemented. To date, the program has collected some 35 million gallons of paint.

House Homeland Security Committee Adopts CFATS Reauthorization Bill

July 2, 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.

OEHHA Adds PCBTF to Prop 65 List

July 2, 2019 Government Affairs
Under Prop 65, individuals must provide warnings prior to exposure to a chemical identified by the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm.