Monday, January 25, 2021

EPA Finalizes 2021 NPDES Multi-Sector General Permit for Industrial Stormwater Discharges

On Jan. 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a pre-publication notice of its final 2021 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The final 2021 permit replaces EPA’s 2015 MSGP that expired on June 3, 2020. The final permit becomes effective on March 1, 2021.

The final, official EPA notice will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days.

EPA is issuing this permit for five years to provide permit coverage to eligible operators in all areas of the country where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority (including ID, MA, NH, NM, DC, and most territories).

Notably, EPA’s 2021 MSGP includes a new provision that requires certain operators to conduct indicator analytical monitoring for three parameters – pH, Total Suspended Solids (TSS), and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) – quarterly for the duration of the permit (5 years). This requirement applies to the paint and coatings industry (Subsector C5).

For this permit, indicator monitoring is “report-only” and does not have a threshold or baseline value for comparison, nor does it require follow-up actions.

Per EPA, indicator monitoring for these three parameters will provide a baseline and comparable understanding of industrial stormwater discharge quality, broader water quality problems, and stormwater control measure effectiveness at these facilities (see Part 4.2.1).

Additional information, including permit requirements, appendices, and a fact sheet, can be found on EPA’s website.

Contact ACA’s Rhett Cash for more information.

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California OEHHA Proposes Amendments to Prop. 65 Short Form Warnings

On Jan. 8, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) published a proposal to restrict use of short-form Proposition 65 (Prop 65) warnings, with revised warning text.

The agency is proposing that companies could use a Prop 65 short-form warning when:

  • The total surface area available for labeling, for all consumer information, is 5 square inches or less;
  • The package shape or size cannot accommodate the full-length warning; and
  • The entire warning is printed in a type size no smaller than the largest type size used for other consumer information on the product, but in no case no smaller than 6-point type.

Under Prop 65, individuals must provide warnings prior to exposure to a chemical identified by the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm. The Prop 65 duty to warn applies to most individuals causing an exposure, including product manufacturers, employers and individuals causing exposures in an affected area. Prop 65 requires the State of California maintain a list of chemicals that are known to the State to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, or both. The Prop 65 list includes over 900 chemicals since it was published in 1987.

OEHHA proposed this rule due to concerns that the short-form warning is currently being over-used on products with packaging large enough to accommodate a full-length warning. The agency notes that the Prop 65 short-form warning is often included on products even when a manufacturer has no knowledge of a listed chemical in the product. Read OEHHA’s Statement of Reasons, Notice of Proposal and Proposed Regulatory Text online.

Additional Changes, Comment Deadline

OEHHA also proposes to amend text of short-form warnings to require identification of one chemical for each toxicity end-point. For example, the proposed short-form warning would include the text, “Cancer Risk From Formaldehyde and Reproductive Risk From Toluene Exposure – www.P65Warnings.ca.gov,” placed after the hazard symbol and the “WARNING:” signal word.

OEHHA also proposes to eliminate short-form warnings for internet and catalog warnings while providing additional requirements for using short-form warnings on food products.

The rule would have a one-year phase-in period and an unlimited sell-through for products labeled in compliance with the August 2016 amendments (the current requirements) manufactured prior to the “operative date.”  The final rule would include an “operative date” set one-year from the effective date of the rule, allowing phase-in of requirements.  Products manufactured prior to the operative date labeled according to the August 2016 amendments have an unlimited sell through.

OEHHA is accepting comment on its proposal through March 8, 2021 via https://oehha.ca.gov/comments. ACA is considering comments for submission.

Contact ACA’s Riaz Zaman for more information.

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EPA Issues Final Rule on Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic Chemicals

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) published final rules on five chemicals that are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), as required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). PBT chemicals are of particular concern not only because they are toxic but also because they remain in the environment for long periods of time and can build up or accumulate in the body.

The final rules address the following PBT chemicals:

  • PIP (3:1) (phenol, isopropylated phosphate 3:1)
  • DecaBDE (decabromodiphenyl ether)
  • 2,4,6-TTBP (2,4,6-Tris(tert-butyl)phenol)
  • HCBD (hexachlorobutadiene)
  • PCTP (pentachlorothiophenol)

EPA’s final rule for PIP(3:1) is notable, since that chemical may be used as a flame retardant in intumescent coatings, adhesives, and sealants.

Restrictions for PIP (3:1)

In this final rule, at 40 CFR 751, EPA establishes that effective March 8, 2021, EPA prohibits processing and distributing PIP(3:1) for use in products and articles, including distribution of products containing PIP(3:1), unless otherwise specified.

Effective Jan. 6, 2025, EPA prohibits PIP(3:1) for use in adhesives and sealants and placing of any adhesive and sealant product with PIP(3:1) on the market. This prohibition does not apply to PIP(3:1) when used as an intermediate to produce cyanoacrylate adhesives.

EPA also prohibits discharge of PIP(3:1) to water, effective March 8, 2021. Companies placing PIP(3:1) on the market or products containing PIP(3:1) must maintain ordinary business records for three years demonstrating compliance.  These could include invoices and bills of lading.

Companies must also inform parties receiving shipments of restrictions, in writing.  Notification can be either by a specified statement in Sections 1 and 15 of the SDS or by a specified label statement.

EPA’s website includes information about the five PBT chemicals with links to final rules.

Contact ACA’s Riaz Zaman for more information.

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PPG Launches Traffic Solutions Business Following Ennis-Flint Acquisition

PPG recently announced that it has established a new business unit called Traffic Solutions, following the company’s December 2020 acquisition of Ennis-Flint.

The business unit will manufacture and supply a broad, global portfolio of pavement-marking products, including paint, thermoplastics and other advanced technologies, to customers in government, military, contracting, commercial infrastructure, engineering and architecture. The company stated that the new business unit will also partner with PPG’s mobility team to identify opportunities to supply innovative coatings to help support infrastructure needs that enable autonomous driving and enhance future autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicle solutions.

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Nouryon Appoints Curtis Espeland to Board of Directors

Nouryon announced the appointment of Curtis Espeland to its Board of Directors, effective January 18, 2021. Espeland will also chair the company’s Audit Committee.

“Nouryon is extremely pleased to welcome Curt to our Board of Directors. As the former CFO of Eastman Chemical Company, Curt brings highly valuable strategic and operational experience leading a Fortune 500 company within the global chemical industry, as well as substantial experience in all aspects of financial management in a public company environment,” said Charlie Shaver, chairman and CEO of Nouryon.

Espeland’s appointment follows that of Noelle Walsh in January 2020 to the Board and to the company’s Audit Committee. Walsh is corporate VP of Cloud Operations & Innovation at Microsoft. She has an operational background in leading global teams in manufacturing, supply chain and customer service, with 25 years’ experience in the chemicals industry with The Dow Chemical Company.

 

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IGM Resins Appoints Wilfrid Gambade as CEO

IGM Resins appointed Wilfrid Gambade as CEO. Gambade, who is based in IGM’s headquarters in Waalwijk, the Netherlands, leads IGM Resins’ Global Executive Leadership team. He succeeds Edward Frindt, who joined the company in 2012 and will retire from IGM after Q1.

Gambade brings 25 years of international management experience in the chemical industry. He joins IGM from DSM, where he was a member of the Global DSM Leadership Team, serving in several top leadership roles, including his most recent role as president of DSM Dynema (DSM Protective materials). Prior to DSM, he worked for Huntsman, Ciba Specialty Chemical, and Allied Colloids.

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Ezio Braggio Joins ChemQuest Europe

Ezio Braggio joined ChemQuest Group as ChemQuest Europe’s newest vice president. Braggio recently retired from Sherwin Williams as regional president of Europe, Middle East, Africa and India (EMEAI).

From 2011 through 2017, in his role as president, EMEAI, and corporate vice president of then-Valspar, Braggio identified and executed strategic acquisitions and profitable joint ventures for 10 business units in the region, including acquiring and integrating INVER and ISVA.

Braggio holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy, and a master’s degree in B2B marketing from Bocconi University (Milan).

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