U.S. EPA Interim Decision to Ban Irgarol (Cybutryne)

On April 28, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release announcing its interim decision for irgarol (cybutryne), which finalizes the cancelation of its use as an active ingredient in antifouling paint. EPA arrived at this decision after completing an ecological risk assessment that determined that irgarol is toxic to both freshwater and marine plants.

EPA also stated that its decision will help mitigate occupational handler inhalation and dermal human health risk by requiring irgarol powders to be sold in safe packaging.

EPA had issued a proposed interim registration review decision (PID) on Irgarol (Cybutryne) on Oct. 23, 2020. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) requires EPA to periodically review pesticides to ensure that risk assessments reflect the best available science. The interim decision is part of a multi-step process to identify risks as well as actions that can help mitigate those risks.

EPA’s interim decision is consistent with steps the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has taken to ban the use of cybutryne in antifouling paint under the Antifouling Systems Convention (AFS). That international treaty prohibits the use of certain substances in anti-fouling paints and other anti-fouling systems deemed harmful to the marine environment. In some countries, including the United Kingdom, irgarol has already been banned from use in marine coatings used on boats.

The interim decision will be published in the Federal Register in the next few weeks under docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0003.

Under EPA’s interim decision, revised labels must be submitted within 60 days after the decision is published in the Federal Register, and the last use of existing stocks must occur before Jan. 1, 2023. For products that are only registered with EPA for antifoulant paint uses, registrants must submit a voluntary cancellation request by Jan. 1, 2023. EPA intends to actively work with registrants to make label amendments and/or product cancellations over the next two years.

Contact ACA’s Rhett Cash for more information.

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Washington State Considering PCB Prohibitions for Paints under their Safer Products Program

On June 1, 2021 (9:30 am PST), the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) will host a webinar, during which it provide an update on its efforts to identify safer alternatives to potential inadvertent Polychlorinated biphenyls (iPCBs) found in paints. As part of the webinar, Washington DOE will share findings on feasible and available  alternatives, as well as outline possible potential PCB restrictions on paint, including architectural wall coatings, spray paints, traffic paints and children’s’ art paints.

In May 2020, the department added Paints to the list of priority consumer products under the “Safer Products for Washington” program. DOE cited concerns over iPCBs as the reasoning.

Over the next two years, Washington DOE will work to identify alternatives and report back to the Legislature any proposed regulatory actions on June 1, 2022, and adopt any such regulations by June 1, 2023. Ultimately DOE could decide “no regulatory action is needed” if alternatives are not available or feasible, or they could possibly restrict the use of the certain pigments that contain iPCBs.


In 2019, the Washington State Legislature directed DOE to implement a regulatory program to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products (Chapter 70.365 RCW), known as the “Safer Products for Washington.”

The legislature identified five priority chemical classes: flame retardants; Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs); Phenolic compounds; and Phthalates. The law requires Ecology to identify priority consumer products that are significant sources or uses of the chemical classes.

Chapter 70.365 Revised Code of Washington creates a process for the state Department of Ecology (DOE), in consultation with the state Department of Health, to regulate classes of chemicals in consumer products. The law requires DOE to designate priority chemical classes, identify products that contain these chemicals, determine regulatory actions, and adopt rules to implement regulatory actions.

As it relates to the coatings industry, in September 2019, DOE identified Food cans (bisphenols) and Paints (PCBs). Ecology released a report that provides further details on the program. PCBs have historically been used in a wide range of products, such as electronic equipment and carbon copy paper.

Inadvertent PCBs (iPCBs) are PCBs that are not intentionally added to products, but are instead produced as an unintended byproduct of the manufacturing process. Certain pigments/colorants including diarylide yellows, phlthalocyanine greens/blues and possibly some titanium dioxides may contain low concentrations of iPCBs. There are concerns that iPCBs have the potential to bioaccumulate to harmful concentrations in aquatic animals and fish which could lead to human dietary exposure.

ACA’s Product Stewardship Committee and PCB Workgroup are monitoring this issue and are engaged with Washington DOE. ACA members, please contact David Darling if you would like to join to the PCB Workgroup.

Contact ACA’s David Darling for more information.


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from American Coatings Association https://www.paint.org/washington-ipcbs-webinar/

Axalta Partners with JETOUR on Eco-Vehicle Project

Axalta has signed a deal with JETOUR, a Chery Holding’s brand, to partner on its Intelligent and Healthy Ecological Vehicle Project. According to the companies, the partnership will aim establish technical standards for intelligent and eco-friendly vehicles, upgrade manufacturing technology and develop sustainable mobility.

Axalta says it will share resources and leverage cutting-edge technology to assist JETOUR in building an intelligent and robust vehicle ecosystem to boost sustainable development in China’s automotive industry.

The new partnership follows last year’s collaboration between Chery and Axalta to develop a sustainable product suite comprising a high-solid basecoat and 2K clearcoat. Leveraging R&D and technology from both companies, Chery and Axalta presented this technology together as an innovative sustainable best-practice at 2020 SURCAR Shanghai, a conference for the global automotive body finishing industry.

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Continental Products Rebrands as Continental Performance Coatings

After 105 years in business, Continental Products has changed its name to Continental Performance Coatings.

“While the highly respected Continental Products brand name has served the company well since its inception in 1916, the company no longer performs as the paint generalist that ‘products’ suggests,” said Guy Braun, director of Continental Performance Coatings. “The name Continental Performance Coatings, the industrial coatings division of Cru Performance Coatings, will better reflect our focus on problem-solving, VOC-compliant, high-performance OEM finishes and our expanding line of high-performance industrial maintenance coatings.”

According to the company, the rebrand encompasses innovation in the industry, futuristic thinking in product performance and a progressive approach in growth and collaboration among the team that creates trust between the company and employees. The company says the brand color, blue, represents the values of honesty, integrity and reliability.

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Nouryon and Renewcell Partner on Textile Recycling

Nouryon has signed an agreement with Renewcell to provide specialty chemicals and engineering solutions for its new textile recycling plant in Sundsvall, Sweden. The facility will recycle textile waste, including items such as worn-out jeans and production scraps, to manufacture 60,000 metric tons of Circulose® dissolving pulp per year.

According to the company, the facility is the first of its kind in the world and could potentially save hundreds of millions of garments from landfill and incineration each year, contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gas emission from the textile industry. Operations on the facility are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2022.

“Nouryon is thrilled to support novel solutions such as this one, which accelerate the growth of the renewable fibers industry, leverage our essential chemistry and specialty solutions, and underpin our commitment to a sustainable future,” said Antonio Carlos Francisco, vice president renewable fibers at Nouryon.

New sustainable textile fibers, such as Circulose®, are a substitute for cotton and non-biodegradable fibers such as polyester. The use of recycled materials in textile manufacturing is expected to play a critical role in reducing the impact of the textile industry on water, land, and other natural resources.

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Songwon Establishes New Entity in China

Songwon Industrial Co. announced it has established a new business entity in China, Songwon International-Qingdao Co., Ltd. According to the company, the new organization will help ensure that Songwon remains well-positioned to continue providing customers in the region with high-quality products and service.

Songwon also announced the completion of the divestment of its shareholding in the Qingdao Long Fortune Songwon Chemical Co., Ltd. joint venture.

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Ashland Acquires Personal Care Business of Schülke & Mayr GmbH

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of the personal care business from Schülke & Mayr GmbH, a portfolio company of the global investment organization EQT.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ashland agreed to a purchase price of €262.5 million in an all-cash transaction funded with bank financing and available cash, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

Ashland says the acquisition strengthens its consumer business portfolio and enhances the company’s specialty additives position while expanding the company’s biotechnology and microbiology technical competencies. The company says the move also advances Ashland’s environmental, social and governance agenda by further aligning the company’s personal care and household portfolio with the “clean beauty” trend and new generation of consumers seeking products with milder ingredients.

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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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from American Coatings Association https://www.paint.org/drive-safe-2021/

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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