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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.
Amended TSCA requires EPA conduct risk evaluations of at least 20 chemicals at any given time, from chemicals it has designated as “high priority.” EPA will use the prioritization process to consider data availability, uses of candidates and risk evaluation methods to inform scoping early in the risk evaluation process.
The law (SS Bill 5135) will require the state’s Department of Ecology (DOE) to identify and develop restrictions or ban certain hazardous substances in consumer products and packaging sold for residential or commercial use.
PaintCare® has had resounding success in the eight states in which program operations have been implemented. To date, the program has collected some 35 million gallons of paint.
ACA encourages companies that manufactures, buys, or sells any of the DHS-listed explosive precursor chemicals to participate in the meetings because they could be affected by potential future regulatory or legislative action that would address this security issue.
The SCM is important since the various California Air Districts will use the new SCM to develop their future AIM rule revisions. In addition, the Northeast Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) states will likely also utilize the SCM in the development of lower AIM VOC limits in the Northeast states in the future (OTC Phase III).
The CFATS Personnel Surety Program implementation at all high-risk chemical facilities will be rolled out in a phased manner in order for DHS to assist facilities submitting information.
May 31, 2019 is the effective date for Canada’s ban on octhilinone (OIT) as a material preservative in paint. After that date, finished paints containing OIT preservatives cannot be manufactured and sold in Canada, AND paints manufactured with OIT preservatives in the United States cannot be sold in Canada.
Washington will join Oregon, California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Minnesota, Maine, Colorado, and the District of Columbia, all of which have implemented PaintCare.
EPA is still reviewing standards for the Auto & Light Duty Truck; Miscellaneous Metal and Plastic Parts; and Paper and Other Web MACT Surface Coating Rules.