Latest Government Affairs

Senate Introduces IMAGINE Act of 2019 for Rebuilding American Infrastructure

February 11, 2019 Government Affairs
ACA supports the bipartisan legislation to encourage investing in new techniques and materials, including paints and coatings, that would help to extend the life of critical public works that draw increasingly poor ratings for condition and performance. 

SCAQMD Considers Amendments to Rule 1106 for Marine and Pleasure Craft Coating Operations

February 11, 2019 Government Affairs
To align VOC limits with other California air districts and the U.S. EPA Control Techniques Guidelines, the proposal will revise the VOC content limits for pretreatment wash primers, and antenna, repair and maintenance thermoplastic, inorganic zinc, and specialty marking coatings.

Chicago Fed Indices Provide Insight into Economic Conditions

February 11, 2019 Government Affairs
The Chicago Federal Reserve Bank publishes two indices – the National Financial Conditions Index (NFCI) and the adjusted National Financial Conditions Index – that provide reliable measures of financial conditions to policymakers and market participants who are looking for guidance on the state of the economy.

Update: CARB Suggested Control Measure Development

February 11, 2019 Government Affairs
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.

OSHA Issues Final Rule to Protect Privacy of Workers under Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Rule

January 29, 2019 Government Affairs
OSHA's action aims to better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with an individual by removing provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule.

ACA Submits Comments to OIRA on Canada and U.S. Regulatory Cooperation

January 29, 2019 Government Affairs
The U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), established in 2011, seeks elimination of unnecessary regulatory differences, and aims to promotes economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation.

President Signs Law Reauthorizing CFATS Program for 15 Months

January 29, 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.

House Passes 2-year CFATS Reauthorization Bill, Senate to take up Bill

January 15, 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 Extends Comment Deadline for Proposal to Add PCBTF to Prop 65 List

January 15, 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.

EPA Progresses Industrial Surface Coating MACT Residual Risk and Technology Review

January 15, 2019 Government Affairs
EPA is amending its Maximum Achievable Control Technology rules that set Hazard Air Pollutant standards for major source coating application facilities.