Tuesday, November 5, 2019

OEHHA Proposes Risk Factors for PCBTF


Last month, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released a proposed PCBTF cancer inhalation unit risk (IUR) factor, as well as a No Significant Risk Level (NSRL). Exposure levels and discharges to drinking water sources that are below the NSRL or “safe harbor levels” are exempt from the requirements of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires individuals provide warnings prior to exposure to a chemical identified by the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm.

OEHHA is hosting public workshops on the PCBTF proposals on Nov.13 and Nov. 15, and will be accepting comments on the proposals through Dec. 2, 2019.

PCBTF — also known as Oxsol 100, Parachlorobenzotrifluoride and p-Chloro-a,a,a-trifluorotoluene — is the most widely used solvent in the coatings and adhesives industry. PCBTF is used in field-applied architectural and industrial Maintenance (AIM) coatings; marine coatings; auto-refinish coatings; factory-applied metal, plastic, and wood coatings; and in adhesives and consumer products, including paint thinners.

Once OEHHA’s PCBTF proposals are final, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will utilize the cancer inhalation and slope factor to complete a risk assessment and could remove the PCBTF volatile organic compound (VOC) exemption. If PCBTF’s VOC exemption is eliminated, SCAQMD could provide industry additional time to reformulate products (assuming industry finds an alternative), and possibly increase VOC limits. However, if SCAQMD eliminates the PCBTF VOC exemption, the air district would need to realize additional VOC reductions elsewhere to avoid “backsliding.” It is also possible that other California Air Districts could remove the exemption, as well.

While typically a raw material supplier company would coordinate advocacy efforts to maintain PCBTF’s exempt VOC status, including filing comments, there are no domestic manufacturers of PCBTF — all production occurs in China. ACA has been filling this void and leading industry advocacy efforts. ACA submitted extensive comments on the proposed OEHHA Proposition 65 listing and will submit comments on the proposed OEHHA unit risk factor and NSRL, as well as comment on any exemption changes that SCAQMD or other California air districts may propose in the future.

ACA urges companies that use PCBTF in in their coatings, sell these products in California and are concerned about SCAQMD and other California air districts removing the PCBTF VOC exemption, to contact ACA. ACA has a PCBTF workgroup and is currently conducting an informal PCBTF survey to gather information in the development of additional reasoning that will hopefully minimize the impact of future PCBTF actions on the coatings and adhesives industry.


The extensive use of PCBTF in industry products is largely because, in 1994, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempted PCBTF from its list of VOCs. In addition, PCBTF has more favorable characteristics than other exempt compounds, for example it evaporates slower and has a higher flash point and, therefore, is less flammable than exempt VOCs including acetone.

PCBTF is an exempt VOC throughout the United States and California, while other exempt compounds like Tertiary Butyl Acetate (Tbac) and Dimethyl Carbonate (DMC) are not included as exempted VOC in several California districts, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Notably, several California air districts, including SCAQMD — which regulates air quality in Los Angeles and leads the nation is the most stringent regulation of VOC — have been able to lower their coating VOC limits based on continued use of PCBTF in a host of products, including various coatings and adhesives.

Notwithstanding PCBTF’s exempt-VOC status, over the past couple of years, the solvent has been the target of increased regulatory scrutiny. In 2017, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) determined PCBTF to be a potential carcinogen. Based on the NTP report, in 2018, SCAQMD asked OEHHA to evaluate the health data regarding the cancer potency of PCBTF. Over ACA’s contention that the NTP report excluded scientifically valid data which were not considered and that sufficiency of evidence criteria were not met, on June 28, 2019, OEHHA added PCBTF to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals.

Contact ACA’s David Darling for more information.

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CARB Opens 2018 Aerosol Coating and Adhesive Products Survey


On Oct. 18, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) opened its 2018 Aerosol Coating and Aerosol Adhesive Products Survey. The 2018 Survey aims to gather data from manufacturers and formulators about aerosol coating and aerosol adhesive products sold or supplied for use in California during calendar year 2018. The data gathered in this survey will be used to help California meet its federally mandated commitments for volatile organic compound (VOC) reductions under the Clean Air Act.

CARB states that the survey will provide useful information about how products were reformulated to meet the new limits that became effective in 2017. The deadline for completing the survey is March 1, 2020.

Survey completion is mandatory under California State Law for those companies listed on the label of an aerosol coating or aerosol adhesive product sold or supplied for use in California during 2018. California State Law (title 17, California Code of Regulation, sections 94513 and 94524(c)) dictates that each company, firm, or establishment listed on the label of an aerosol coating or aerosol adhesive product that was sold or supplied for use in California during calendar year 2018 must complete the survey.

The 2018 survey is part of CARB’s ongoing effort to evaluate the feasibility of further reducing VOC, toxic air contaminant (TAC), and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aerosol coating and aerosol adhesive products, and to update the emissions inventory of aerosol coating and aerosol adhesive products.

More information and survey resources are available at: https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/our-work/programs/coatings/aerosol-coatings-activity/2018-aerosol-coating-and-aerosol-adhesive.

Contact ACA’s Rhett Cash for more information.

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CARB to Hold Consumer Products Regulatory Workshop Nov. 7


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will conduct its second public workshop to discuss development of proposed California Consumer Products Regulation (Regulation) amendments on Nov. 7, 2019 (see details below). The workshop is part of the board’s process aimed at reducing smog-forming volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from over 100 categories of consumer products.

The 2016 State Strategy for the State Implementation Plan requires CARB to develop measures to reduce consumer product VOC emissions in the South Coast Air Basin by 1–2 tons per day (tpd) and 4–5 tpd by 2023 and 2031, respectively; and by 8–10 tpd by 2031 Statewide. At this workshop, CARB staff will propose to meet these SIP commitments via two amendments to the regulation.

The first, to be developed over the next year and considered by the Board by the end of 2020, would identify strategies to meet CARB’s 2023 emission reduction targets, and make a down payment on CARB’s 2031 emission reductions. The second regulatory amendments would propose additional strategies needed for California to meet remaining consumer product 2031 emission reduction targets, and would be considered by the Board in late 2021.

At the Nov. 7 workshop, CARB staff will present:

  1. It’s proposed regulatory approach;
  2. Staff’s initial draft regulatory strategies for the first, 2023-focused rulemaking;
  3. Potential modifications to the regulation’s fragrance exemption; and
  4. Product categories likely to be deferred for consideration at the subsequent, 2031-focused rulemaking.

Interested parties are invited to attend, and may participate in this workshop via webinar instead of in person, by registering at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7737784895410477069.

Materials for this workshop, including a meeting agenda, are available at: https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/our-work/topics/consumer-products#whatsnew.

November 7, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (PDT)
California Air Resources Board
Byron Sher Auditorium, 2nd Floor
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95812


CARB works with industry and other stakeholders to develop requirements that achieve the maximum feasible VOC emission reduction while making sure that the regulations are technologically and commercially feasible and do not eliminate a product form. Today, standards that reduce VOCs have been established for over 100 categories, but CARB maintains that further reductions are still needed to ensure clean, healthy air for all Californians.

This second public workshop will explore possible Consumer Product Regulation amendments needed to achieve additional emission reductions, and opportunities to improve program implementation. Since the kickoff public workshop on April 12, 2019, CARB staff has convened two public work groups related to these regulatory amendments — a Regulatory Strategies Work Group, which has convened 14 times, and a Regulatory Definitions Work Group, which has met twice thus far. Dozens of product manufacturers, formulators, and other stakeholders have also met with CARB staff to discuss opportunities to further reduce emissions from consumer products and to maximize program effectiveness. At this public workshop, CARB staff looks forward to continuing this dialogue with interested stakeholders regarding potential consumer product emission reduction strategies and regulatory updates.

Contact ACA’s Rhett Cash for more information.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Tnemec Company Purchases Assets of Textured Coatings of America

Tnemec Company, Inc. has purchased assets of Textured Coatings of America, Inc. “We are thrilled to welcome Tex•Cote into the Tnemec family and feel there are great synergies between the two companies,” Wallace said Terry Wallace, vice president — Business Development at Tnemec. “Tex•Cote has great products, excellent production facilities and outstanding personnel. Our plan is to provide Tex•Cote with operational and managerial support for growth within its current markets and customer base.”

Textured Coatings of America, Inc. was founded in Los Angeles, Calif. Majority ownership of the company was acquired from the founders by Stuart Haines in 1961, and under his leadership, the company expanded its sales throughout North America and internationally to more than 23 countries.

“Our company has been involved in countless landmark and high-profile projects, from bridges to airports, from college campuses to massive commercial projects, over the last 58 years,” said Haines, chairman and president/CEO of Textured Coatings of America, Inc.

Tnemec added that both companies share a common history of private ownership, multi-generational family management and an entrepreneurial spirit that is deeply rooted in the company culture.

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Emerald Kalama Chemical Opens European Central Office in Rotterdam

Emerald Kalama Chemical has opened an office in Rotterdam that will serve as the company’s central hub for European operations, the company stated. According to Emerald, the office will house the company’s growing team for order fulfillment and technical service, focused on serving customers worldwide for products manufactured at Emerald’s operations in Europe.

“As we continue to grow as a global organization, we realized the need for a centralized EMEA hub that will create alignment with our global headquarters in Vancouver. Our new European Central Office will help us to ensure continuity and excellent service for our customers, as well as provide space for the growth of our team,” said Ed Gotch, chief executive officer.

Emerald’s manufacturing facility is located in Rotterdam Botlek. As a result, the new office in Rotterdam provides a strategic location that is also convenient to one of Emerald’s key European manufacturing operations, the company reported. Emerald reports that it has executed a number of capacity and product line expansions at the site over the last decade.

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BASF Opens Elastollan TPU Development Center

BASF has opened its Elastollan® TPU Development Center in Wyandotte, Mich. According to BASF, the center will serve to offer customers from around the world the opportunity to collaborate directly with BASF experts on thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) solutions in new and exciting ways.

“Innovation has always been a key differentiator of our business,” said Gulay Serhatkulu, head of BASF Performance Materials in North America. “This facility will give us the opportunity to elevate our innovation capability for TPU.”

The development center allows customers to create and test new TPU solutions without having to interrupt their own production facilities, BASF said. The company added that customers can evaluate formulations faster, shorten development cycle times, develop production-quality samples and, ultimately, increase their speed to market.

“Customers can test and develop blown, cast or flat die sheet and film solutions as well as tubes and jackets for hoses and cables,” said Nabarun Roy, head of Elastollan TPU Product Development, BASF Performance Materials North America. “We also have coextrusion capabilities that offer customers everything they need to develop new TPU solutions. The in-house, pilot scale capabilities will make us a preferred innovation partner, in addition to being a global manufacturing hub.”

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Arkema Starts Up Acrylic Acid Reactor in the United States

Arkema has brought on stream a new 90,000-ton per year acrylic acid reactor at its Clear Lake, Texas site. According to Arkema, the site is equipped with the latest production technologies, and the reactor replaces two decommissioned reactors of 45,000 tons each.

This new capacity will enable the company to support the growth of its North American customers in markets such as superabsorbents, paints and coatings, adhesives, and polymers for water treatment and enhanced oil and gas recovery, Arkema stated. This investment of approximately $90 million reportedly consolidates Arkema’s position as the second largest producer of acrylic acid in the region.

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