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ASC to Focus on Revision of Rule 1168 & TSCA Reform in 2014

Published on 2013-12-17. Author : SpecialChem

Bethesda, MD -- The South Coast Air Quality Management District's (SCAQMD) revision of Rule 1168 and congressional efforts at reforming the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) in the second session of the 113th Congress will be the Adhesive and Sealant Council's (ASC) regulatory affairs focus in 2014.

"SCAQMD got a slow start in 2013, but the pace of the revision process has picked up considerably in the final three months of 2013," said Mark Collatz, ASC's Director of Regulatory Affairs. "A December 18th workshop will mark the first opportunity for industry and the South Coast staff to sit down face-to-face and begin to work through the differences of the initial proposal."

The regulation sets volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions for commercial adhesive and sealant product categories throughout the largest and most populated counties of the Los Angeles basin and could have a major impact on how members formulate their products.

"One major directional change with this proposed revision is South Coast's decision to regulate consumer product categories that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has not addressed in its statewide rule," added Collatz. "We are still working with members to identify niche products that may not be able to meet the default limits set by SCAQMD and then work with the District to make sure they are protected from elimination under a final revised rule."

TSCA Reform

ASC continues to champion the bipartisan TSCA Senate reform legislation, The Chemical Safety Improvement Act (S. 1009), introduced by Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and the late Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) last May.

"While activity in the Senate has slowed somewhat this Fall, it is gratifying to see that the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy has had several hearings on reforming TSCA in recent months and there appears to be a good chance that a House bill will be introduced early next year," reports Collatz. "It is likely that much of our early work in 2014 will focus on building bipartisan support among House members."

Other issues the Council will be closely monitoring this coming year include:

California Department of Toxic Substances Control's (DTSC) early implementation of the Safer Consumer Products Rule;

U.S. EPA's TSCA Chemical Work Plan activities; EPA's MDI/TDI Chemical Action Plan; Environment Canada's Consumer VOC Rule; OSHA GHS Implementation strategies.

New Executive Briefs

In an effort to help members better understand the key details of some of the critical issues facing the industry in a clear concise manner, ASC has recently released five Executive Briefings highlighting TSCA Reform, South Coast Rule 1168 revisions, EPA Chemical Management Plan activities, California Safer Consumer Products Rule implementation, and the U.S. Green Building Council's new LEED v.4 green building rating system development.

"The Council is continually looking for new ways to help members get as complete an understanding as possible of the issues that are critical to our industry," said Collatz. "These 3-4 page documents give a clear picture of what each issue entails, why it should concern member companies, and what is likely to happen as it moves forward."

About Adhesive and Sealant Council

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 129 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users.

Source: Adhesive and Sealant Council

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