Latest Government Affairs

ACA, Multi-Industry Coalition Urge Tariff Elimination as U.S.-China Negotiations Continue

April 23, 2019 Government Affairs
In a letter to President Trump, ACA also urged that the Administration avoid any enforcement mechanism that would trigger future tariffs and result in long-term economic uncertainty.

New York Seeks to Eliminate 3-Year Sell-through Period in Proposed AIM Rule

April 23, 2019 Government Affairs
Notably, every federal, state and California Air district Architectural and Industrial Maintenance VOC rule has at least a three-year sell through period.

BEA Data Give Insight into State of the U.S. Economy

April 23, 2019 Government Affairs
The Bureau of Economic Analysis' (BEA) most recent figures for the coatings industry indicate that its gross output is approximately $28.7 billion.

U.S. Green Building Council Launches LEED v4.1

April 9, 2019 Government Affairs
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.

Update: State Regulation of VOCs in Consumer Products

April 9, 2019 Government Affairs
Varying regulatory constructs affect goods considered consumer products in the coatings industry. For industry, these regulations often focus on volatile organic compound (VOC) content limits for building products, including caulks, sealants, and adhesives.

Chicago Fed Index Provides Insight into U.S. Economic Conditions

April 8, 2019 Government Affairs
The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) is a weighted average of 85 indicators of growth in national economic activity drawn from four broad categories of data: production and income; employment and hours; personal consumption and housing; and sales, orders, and inventories.

New ACA Member Guidance for Environmental/VOC Marketing Claims

March 25, 2019 Government Affairs
Notably, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) applies its requirements related to consumer deception to claims related to health and/or environment. Marketers conveying such statements or certifications must evaluate messaging carefully using FTC’s principles related to deception.

Update: AIM VOC Rulemakings in New York, Colorado and California

March 25, 2019 Government Affairs
Notably, CARB is scheduled to adopt a new AIM coatings suggested control measure (SCM) in May 2019. The SCM is important since the various California Air Districts will use it to develop their future AIM rule revisions. States in the Northeast will also likely utilize the SCM in the development of the OTC Phase III AIM model rule in the next year or so.

ACA Supports the DRIVE-Safe Act

March 25, 2019 Government Affairs
The legislation would help to alleviate the nationwide shortage of commercial drivers by providing younger drivers with the opportunity to enter the industry.

NMFTA Adopts Changes Impacting Paint and Allied Products

March 12, 2019 Government Affairs
The National Motor Freight Traffic Association’s Commodity Classification Standards Board adopted the amendments, decreasing the Paints Group freight classes and making the Paints Group no longer applicable to paint and coatings that meet the definition of “hazardous material.”