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EU Hazard Classification for Titanium Dioxide

September 24, 2019 Government Affairs
The European Commission is expected to officially determine that TiO2 dust is “a substance with a suspected carcinogenic effect in humans” through inhalation (Category 2).

OSHA Announces New Members Selected to the National Advisory Committee

September 24, 2019 Government Affairs
The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to the Secretaries of Labor, and Health and Human Services on matters relating to the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.

House Subcommittee Hears Universal Support for CFATS Reauthorization

September 24, 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.

Henkel Opens Dry Mixes Plant in Leningrad Region

September 24, 2019 Business News
 The company stated that the plant is built in accordance with Henkel’s highest sustainability standards and that it is equipped with technologies to ensure an efficient use of natural resources and to limit the impact of its operations on the environment.

BASF’s Colors & Effects® Opens Research Laboratory

September 24, 2019 Business News
Prior to this laboratory opening, the research activities conducted in Besigheim had mainly taken place in Ludwigshafen. Haunschild stated that the laboratory opening shows that the company regularly invests in the Besigheim site.

Covestro to Sell European Polycarbonate Sheets Business to Serafin Group

September 24, 2019 Business News
Covestro reported that the decision was part of the company’s ongoing portfolio optimization process, which includes the divestment of all polycarbonate sheets businesses.

Polynt-Reichhold Group Announces Strategic Integration Initiative in the Americas

September 24, 2019 Business News
This new opportunity allows the Group to leverage our proprietary technologies and deep experience operating intermediates facilities in Europe and Asia.

U-C Coatings Acquires Eco Chemical

September 24, 2019 Business News
U-C Coatings stated that with the addition of Eco Chemical’s innovative products and customization capabilities, it is well positioned for accelerated growth and will be able to serve customers as a complete provider of stains and coatings in both the hardwood and softwood markets.  

California Regulatory Actions on PCBTF, Looking Ahead

September 10, 2019 Government Affairs
Notwithstanding PCBTF’s exempt-VOC status, over the past couple of years, the solvent has been the target of increased regulatory scrutiny. On June 28, 2019, OEHHA added PCBTF to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals.

ACA Encourages Congress to Address PFAS Issues, Prioritizing Cleanup of Contaminated Sites

September 10, 2019 Government Affairs
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, contains provisions that would classify PFAS as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and toxic under the Clean Water Act (CWA).