EPA Announces Changes to New Chemical Review Program Policy

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two significant changes to its New Chemical Review program policy. important changes to its New Chemical Review Program policy.

Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), mandates EPA’s New Chemicals Program to help manage the potential risk to human health and the environment from chemicals new to the marketplace. The program functions as a “gatekeeper,” whereby EPA must determine the level of risk and require appropriate controls prior to allowing market entry. EPA can also prohibit market access, although it has not exercised this option to date.

In the March 29 press release  EPA stated that “the agency has identified several instances where the approach for making determinations and managing risks associated with new chemicals can more closely align with the requirements of TSCA to ensure protections for human health and the environment, including the use of significant new use rules (SNURs) and assumptions related to worker exposures.”

Use of SNURS

TSCA Section 5 requires any company that plans to manufacture — including import — a new chemical substance for a commercial purpose to provide EPA with notice and obtain EPA’s approval before commercialization. This notice is known as a pre-manufacture notice (PMN).

In its announcement, EPA stated that it will no longer issue SNURs to address “reasonably foreseen conditions of use.” Instead, EPA will review all conditions of use “in a timely manner” as part of its Pre-manufacture Notice (PMN) review. Following PMN review, EPA will issue a 5(e) or 5(f) order followed by a SNUR to ensure that all manufacturers and importers follow the same requirements.

EPA intends to continue issuing SNURs following TSCA section 5(e) and 5(f) orders for new chemicals to ensure the requirements imposed on the submitter via an order apply to any person who manufacturers or processes the chemical in the future. This ensures that other manufacturers of the same new chemical substance are held to the same conditions as the submitter subject to the TSCA section 5(e) or 5(f) order. A SNUR requires manufacturers to submit a significant new use notification to EPA for assessment before the chemical substance can be manufactured or processed for the new use described in the SNUR.

Worker Safety

EPA stated that it will no longer assume use or adequacy of personal protective equipment (PPE) during PMN review:

EPA will no longer assume that workers are adequately protected under OSHA’s worker protection standards and updated Safety Data Sheets (SDS). Instead, EPA will identify the absence of worker safeguards as “reasonably foreseen” conditions of use, and mandate necessary protections through a TSCA section 5(e) order, as appropriate.

ACA has long sought greater clarity and transparency from EPA on its New Chemical Review process, too enable industry to bring innovative products to market.

Contact ACA’s Riaz Zaman for more information.

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ACA Urges Passage of the DRIVE-Safe Act

Earlier this month, ACA sent a letter to members of Congress in support of the DRIVE-Safe Act (S.659). The legislation would help to alleviate the nationwide shortage of commercial drivers by providing younger drivers with the opportunity to enter the industry with enhanced safety training for emerging members of the transportation industry. ACA was among more than 100 associations and organizations that signed the letter in support of DRIVE-Safe Act passage.

In the April 14 letter to Congressional members, ACA and its cosignatories asked that the legislation be included in a major infrastructure legislative package and/or surface transportation reauthorization bill, as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure take up that work.

Last year, the bipartisan legislation garnered the support of more than one third of the House and Senate in the 116th  Congress. The bill has a companion bill in the House of Representatives, H.R.1745.

Seventy percent of the nation’s freight is carried by commercial trucks, and while demand is projected to increase over the next decade, the threat posed by the driver shortage stands to disrupt the continuity of the supply chain. This is especially problematic as the nation and economy recover from the monumental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet as the economy strengthens, motor carriers are having difficulty finding the drivers they need to handle growing capacity. According to a recent American Trucking Association estimate, the nation needs an additional 60,800 truck drivers immediately, a shortage that is expected to grow to more than 160,000 by 2028, the letter noted.

In many supply chains, companies are being forced to increase prices to account for higher transportation costs. This will ultimately result in higher prices for consumers on everything from electronics to food.

While 48 states currently allow drivers to obtain a commercial driver’s license at 18, they are prohibited from driving in interstate commerce until they are 21. The DRIVE-Safe Act would create a two-step apprenticeship program to allow these younger drivers to enter the industry safely. Candidates would be accompanied in the cab by experienced drivers for a total of 400 hours of additional training.

Notably, trucks used in the program would be required to be outfitted with the latest safety technology including active braking collision mitigation systems, forward-facing event recording cameras, speed limiters set at 65 miles per hour or less and automatic or automatic manual transmissions. Professional drivers training within the program are also required to be accompanied by an experienced driver throughout the process.

“The DRIVE-Safe Act will help our nation’s freight continue to move while preserving and enhancing the safety of our highway system,” the letter states. “It will help fill desperately-needed jobs and provide younger Americans with the opportunity to enter a profession with a median salary of $54,585, plus health and retirement benefits. And it will bolster and support our nation’s supply chain, which is an issue of heightened urgency as our nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

ACA hopes to work with coalition partners and Congress to enact this important legislation.

Contact ACA’s Heidi McAuliffe for more information.

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Maricopa County Public Hearing on Industrial Adhesives and Pleasure Craft Coatings

Arizona’s Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) will be holding a public hearing on April 26 at 6:00 pm (EDT) to review its proposed amendments to two rules impacting the paint and coatings industry. Interested parties may register for the web-based hearing here.

Industrial Adhesives

In 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informed MCAQD that there are facilities in the county that are subject to EPA’s Control Technique Guideline (CTG) for Miscellaneous Industrial Adhesives. As a result, MCAQD proposed these changes to its Rule 336 – Surface Coating Operations to incorporate definitions, applicability thresholds, exemptions, and emission controls from the EPA CTG for Miscellaneous Industrial Adhesives.

ACA has been actively participating in this effort since early-2018 to communicate industry’s position and has submitted multiple sets of comments.

ACA will continue to follow this rulemaking.

Pleasure Craft Coatings

In 2016, industry asked Maricopa County to raise the volatile organic compound (VOC) limits for three pleasure craft coating categories:

  • Antifoulant Coating – Non-Aluminum Substrate,
  • Extreme High Gloss Topcoat, and
  • Finish Primer/Surfacer

MCAQD and U.S. EPA agreed to a 4-year interim period to allow industry to develop and implement compliant coatings consistent with the lower VOC limits in EPA’s CTG for Pleasure Craft Coatings.

Now that the 4-year interim period is over, MCAQD is proposing to lower the VOC limits to comply with the current EPA CTG limits at EPA’s direction through amendments to Rule 336.

ACA will be participating in the MCAQD hearing to ensure industry’s perspective is considered.

Contact ACA’s Rhett Cash for more information.

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Jebsen & Jessen and Innospec Sign Distribution Deal

Jebsen & Jessen Ingredients (JJING), the ingredients business unit of the Jebsen & Jessen Group, and Innospec Performance Chemicals, a specialty chemical company, announced a distribution agreement for Jebsen & Jessen to handle distribution, sales and support for Innospec Performance Chemical’s home care, industrial and institute, and silicones products and services in Thailand and Vietnam.

JJING promotes and distributes chemical and life sciences ingredients for multiple industries and manufacturing applications, including pharmaceutical, personal/home care and performance chemicals, with a direct presence in eight ASEAN countries and China. Innospec Performance Chemicals, with a presence in 23 countries, provides chemicals, additives and formulations for markets including agrochemicals, construction, fuel, home care, metal extraction, oilfield, personal care, and polymers and waxes.

According to the companies, the distribution agreement will help meet the growing demand and tap Jebsen & Jessen’s regional network and industry expertise to distribute Innospec’s technology-based solutions, including the EMPICOL®, NANSA®, and EMPILAN® series.

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Asahi Kasei Europe Moves R&D to Düsseldorf Harbor

Asahi Kasei Europe relocated its research and development operations to its new offices in Düsseldorf Harbour, Germany. The Japanese technology company says the move unites the company’s European sales, marketing and R&D activities and is crucial to its business approach toward the European automotive industry.

“Europe is at the forefront of an evolution in the automotive industry that is said to happen once in a century,” said Hideki Tsutsumi, managing director at Asahi Kasei Europe. “In addition, it is the forerunner in environmental topics. Uniting sales, marketing, R&D, and technical service activities at one single location will enable us to quickly address the changing demands by customers and to enhance joint projects with local partners.”

The Asahi Kasei Europe R&D Center includes laboratory space for working with various materials, such as engineering plastics, synthetic rubber, as well as for battery and coating materials. The center, which was previously located at CHEMPARK Dormagen near Düsseldorf, is the latest addition to the C-View Offices, where Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH and its sister company Asahi Kasei Microdevices Europe GmbH moved in November 2020.

 

 

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PPG Opens China Application Innovation Center in Zhangjiagang

PPG announced earlier this month the opening of its China Application Innovation Center (CAIC) in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, China. The facility is the company’s first cross-business research and development (R&D) center in the region, serving as a bridge between innovation and customer applications for its industrial, packaging and automotive refinish coatings businesses.

The CAIC is in the Jiangsu Yangtze River International Chemical Industrial Park, which is adjacent to PPG’s Zhangjiagang manufacturing plant. The center’s advanced, automated equipment and technologies enable PPG to simulate the diverse environments and climates where PPG paints and coatings may be applied. According to the company, this allows PPG scientists to test the properties of coating technologies and develop customized paint products and solutions for broad applications.

According to PPG, the CAIC location also will enable PPG to quickly move newly developed applications to trial production at its Zhangjiagang plant, which could enable increased speed to market for PPG innovations and accelerated product and service customization.

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CIMBAR Completes TOR Minerals Acquisition

CIMBAR Performance Minerals, a division of United Minerals and Properties, Inc., announced April 16 that it had completed its acquisition of the U.S. Barite and Alumina Trihydrate manufacturing assets and business of TOR Minerals.

“With this acquisition complete, CIMBAR has delivered on a key component of our growth strategy,” said Albert Wilson, president and CEO of CIMBAR. “The TOR manufacturing site broadens our portfolio and will further support our primary goal of providing products to our customers from multiple locations.”

TOR Minerals is headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas, with manufacturing and regional offices located in the United States, Netherlands and Malaysia.

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SONGWON Announces Distribution Partnership with Chemo International

Songwon Industrial Co., Ltd. announced that it has entered a distribution partnership with Chemo International Inc. for its Business Unit (BU) Coatings.

Effective April 1, Chemo International is the exclusive distributor in the Caribbean, Central America and northern parts of South America of SONGWON’s BU Coatings product families: SONGNOX® antioxidants, SONGSORB® UV absorbers and light stabilizers, and SONGCURE® photoinitiators.

According to the company, Florida-based Chemo International has been a distributor of chemicals, raw materials and equipment to the Paint and Coatings Industry in Central America and the Caribbean for 50 years. SONGWON says that under the agreement, Chemo International will leverage its experience, reputation and market insight to grow SONGWON’s developing business across the region.

“With their history and expertise, Chemo International is a great addition to SONGWON’s global distributor network and is positioned to help us to respond to the increasing customer demand in this region while advancing SONGWON’s position in the market,” said Sean Steres, SONGWON sales manager, Americas.

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A Simple DIY Outdoor Plant Shelf To Disguise Ugly Utility Boxes

A Simple DIY Outdoor Plant Shelf To Disguise Ugly Utility Boxes

When we shared pictures of our front porch last fall, we said that our decorating strategy out here was basically “plants and more plants.” It helps visually connect the porch to all of the greenery surrounding our house and – as we’ll show you today – it’s also helping us hide some less-than-pretty parts of this outdoor area. Let’s call them wall warts. Three large rectangular wall warts. But more on that in a second.

white fluted planter | outdoor ceiling fan |wicker storage box | larger white planter | similar egg chair

First let’s travel back in time to what this all looked like last February when we put an offer in on this house (that’s our realtor in the photo below)

As you can see, we’ve already come quite a long way (you can read more about the exterior updates we did in this area here & here).

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DIY Outdoor Bench Glider

It is finally spring time and that means it is perfect weather for some front porch sittin! So this week, I made myself an outdoor bench glider so I have a smooth and comfortable seating option on these beautiful mornings and evenings.

If you are interested in making your own, I have a set of PLANS and TEMPLATES.

Let me show you the building process in the video above!

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