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$612K Hazardous Waste Fine Upheld

Leaking drums, mishandled aerosol paint and hazmat tanks without containment all add up to an unpermitted hazardous-waste storage facility that will cost two Virginia chemical companies more...


EPA Proposes New TDI Limits

Certain chemicals used in coatings and sealants could face restricted levels in consumer products under a newly proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Fabricator Settles Paint Waste Case

A structural steel fabricator has agreed to pay $57,100 for improperly managing containers of paint and other hazardous waste.


Shipyard Fined for Paint-Laden Runoff

A New England shipyard will pay a $20,000 fine and spend $30,000 to raise awareness of clean water laws after allegedly discharging stormwater contaminated with toxic paint chips into a cove...


Pipe Plant Settles Lead Issues with EPA

A now defunct pipe production plant will pay almost $1 million dollars and take steps to lower its lead emissions in an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.


Four Plead Guilty in TBT Paint Scam

Four Florida men and two companies have pleaded guilty to selling toxic boat paint they had previously agreed to stop manufacturing.


Hawaii DOT Fined $1.2M for Runoff

Six years of state and federal complaints about pollutants washing into Hawaii's largest harbor have ended in a $1.2 million fine for Hawaii’s Department of Transportation.


EPA Sees Wide Risks in Paint Strippers

Methylene chloride, widely used in paint stripping products, poses a health threat to hundreds of thousands of workers, consumers and project bystanders, U.S. authorities have determined.


Powder Coatings Set for Global Surge

Buoyed by their regulatory-friendly green profile, powder coatings are in for several years of robust growth worldwide, a new market forecast reports.


USACE Agrees to Reveal Dam Pollution

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start disclosing how much oil pollution its largest dams in Oregon and Washington send into waterways—information it has never been forced to give up.


Alaska Settles EPA Paint Waste Suit

Alaska’s transportation agency will pay nearly $118,000 to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of paint, federal officials announced.


Asbestos to Land Contractor in Prison

Six months in prison, followed by six months of house arrest, and a $10,000 fine await a South Carolina renovation company owner who contaminated a beach and oceanfront properties with asbes...


EPA Unveils Next Round on Lead Rule

It’s time for U.S. contractors on public and commercial projects to gear up for the next round of proposed lead-safe rules at those worksites.


Mussels Stall Michigan Pipeline

A $274 million pipeline project in Michigan is facing a massive hurdle of tiny proportions—a two-inch mussel.


U.S. Funds a Big Look at Tiny Materials

The federal government has put nearly $10 million into examining the environmental impact of science's fastest-growing field: nanomaterials.


CA Targeting Stripper, Foam Chemicals

“Is it necessary to use this toxic chemical?” That’s the question that makers of paint strippers and spray polyurethane foam may soon have to answer in California.


‘Unlucky’ Coatings Exec Indicted

A marine coatings maker who survived a shark attack last year has now been bitten by a federal indictment charging him with making and selling thousands of gallons of toxic boat paint he had...


Google Firm to Rehab U.S. Hangar One

Deadlocked over a seven-figure coating bill, two federal agencies have decided to Google a solution.


Industry Faces ‘Big Regulatory Year’

ORLANDO—Fasten your seatbelts: 2014 will break open a dam of pent-up regulatory action, expert Alison B. Kaelin is warning the paint, coatings and blasting industries.


EPA Green-Lights 2 CCR Uses

Abruptly breaking years of silence, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has newly affirmed as “beneficial” the two largest reuses of encapsulated coal ash: in concrete and in wallboard.


Sherwin-Williams Sued over $3.7M Cleanup

Insurance giant AIG is demanding that the federal government and Sherwin-Williams pony up more than $3 million for cleanup reimbursement at a former munitions plant where bombs were painted ...


Metal Finishing Leads to EPA Case

A California company operating a metal finishing facility violated clean water laws by improper disposal of wastewater into the Los Angeles County Sanitation District sewer system, according...


EPA: $165M Base Cleanup Complete

The U.S. Navy’s 20-year, $165 million cleanup of hazardous waste at a California air base is nearly complete, clearing the way to redevelop the land with new houses and businesses.


Prison Awaits EPA’s $900K Con Man

The bizarre flameout of John C. Beale’s once-distinguished federal career—from senior official to fake CIA spy—will end with a 32-month federal prison sentence.


Explosions at Chemical Plant Injure 2

Authorities are searching for answers after two workers were injured in two explosions and a subsequent fire at a phenol plant in a Chicago suburb.


Judge Orders EPA to Act on Coal Ash

After years without action, a federal judge has dropped the hammer on the Environmental Protection Agency to make up its mind on regulating coal waste.


DuPont Accepts $800K EPA Fine

Coatings chemical giant DuPont has agreed to pay an $800,000 fine and add several programs to settle long-running federal allegations of air-pollution violations at its massive Washington Wo...


WHO Pushes Global Ban on Lead Paint

The World Health Organization is calling on countries to step up national efforts to eliminate lead paint as part of the first International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, which o...


Lead Safety Campaigns Target Paint

The U.S.'s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, focusing on the hazards of lead paint, has hit the world stage.


EPA Drops Chemical Safety Proposals

Environmental regulators have quietly scrapped their plan to tighten oversight of several controversial building and flame-retardant chemicals and require more transparency by manufacturers.


Chemical Disasters Spark New U.S. Order

The U.S. is moving to crack down on chemical safety and security in the wake of a growing series of catastrophic chemical accidents, including the April plant explosion that killed 15 people...


EPA Fines Port, Contractors $500K

The Port of Tacoma and two of its contractors have agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act that damaged Puget Sound wetlands, the U.S. Environmental Pr...


EPA: Plants Ducked Years of Permits

Federal regulators have filed suit against Oklahoma Gas and Electric, alleging that the utility ignored permit laws for more than $60 million in power plant upgrades that date back a decade.


Landmark Chemical Bill May Revamp TSCA

After nearly four decades, chemical makers and environmental groups may be ready to agree on new federal legislation overhauling the nation's chief chemical safety law.


Industry to EPA: Make Your Case on Lead

Federal regulators who want sweeping new lead-safe mandates on public and commercial projects must prove the need for those rules first, the construction industry insists.


NIOSH Urges Nano Exposure Limits

Nanotechnology holds great promise for paints and coatings, but those microscopic carbon nanotubes and fibers may also carry large risks for workers exposed to them, federal health officials...


EPA Rips State Dept.’s Pipeline Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is again lambasting the State Department’s review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, calling the assessment inadequate and insufficiently attentiv...


EPA Reveals Corrosion, Failures
Plaguing ExxonMobil Refinery

ExxonMobil is operating the United States' second-largest refinery with hundreds of corroded pipes, a record of overdue inspections, noncompliance with its own procedures, and a series of in...


Shipyard Ordered to Cut Paint Emissions

A Rhode Island shipyard will pay a $31,000 fine and act to reduce VOC emissions from paint and thinners used at the facility, under a new settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.


SSPC Seeks Input on New Lead Rules

SSPC is recruiting data and reports from its members on federal regulators' plan to expand lead-safe rules to commercial and public-works projects.


Lead Paint Ups Bridge Price

Local officials in a Florida county were recently surprised to learn that a bridge under renovation contains unsafe levels of lead, causing them to have to fork over an extra $769,497 on the...


EPA Rule Could Put Out 15 GA Plants

More than a dozen power plants in Georgia could be out of commission soon after the approval of a new federal rule regulating mercury and toxic air goes into effect.


Feds Map Regulatory Plans for 2013

Outdated exposure limits, reinforced steel, nanotechnology, and confined spaces are among the critical health and safety issues slated for federal action this year.


U.S. Reviews Paint Stripper Chemicals

Largely banned in Europe and linked to multiple deaths in the U.S., toxic paint-stripper chemicals are finally getting a serious look from the Environmental Protection Agency.


Feds Revive Lead Rule for Public Works

After a season's hiatus, federal regulators have dusted off a controversial plan to impose new lead-safe practices on public works and commercial projects.


Transocean Fined $1.4B in Gulf Blast

The world's largest offshore drilling contractor will pay $1.4 billion in fines and plead guilty to environmental crimes to resolve federal civil and criminal cases stemming from the 2010 De...


NTSB: Confusion Preceded NJ Derailment

Confusion over a signal may have contributed to a train derailment that spewed clouds of toxic vapors over a New Jersey neighborhood on Friday, federal authorities say.


Gulf Crimes to Cost BP New US Contracts

Citing a “lack of business integrity,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday (Nov. 28) that it was temporarily suspending BP Exploration and Production Inc. and affil...


Lead Paint Crackdown Sweeps Up Painters

Federal enforcement of lead paint violations is growing, with 16 painters, remodelers and other contractors rounded up in the latest sweep by the Environmental Protection Agency.


NY Seeks Coating Rule Changes

Coating facilities in New York may soon face several new rules affecting paint industry products and industrial surface coating.


U.S. Halts Lead Rule For Commercial, Public Projects

Years into the process, the Environmental Protection Agency has abruptly rolled back its plan to impose controversial lead-safe rules on commercial and public-works projects.


TVA Invests $1B in Scrubbers, Upgrades

The Tennessee Valley Authority will spend about $1 billion to install four large scrubbers and other pollution control equipment at the Gallatin Fossil Plant to reduce emissions by as much a...


U.S. Joins IMO’s TBT Antifouling Ban

Eleven years after it helped launch the measure, the United States is set to become the next “Contracting State” for the IMO Antifouling Systems Treaty, following President Obama’s recent ap...


Emergency Cleanup Targets Coating Site

The discovery of more than 27,000 pounds of hazardous and toxic chemicals inside an abandoned metal plating company in Wisconsin has prompted an emergency response from the U.S. Environmenta...


New EPA Paint, Chemical Rules Loom

Three years after they were issued, new federal environmental rules are set to take effect for certain coating, adhesive, and chemical manufacturers.


EPA OKs Cleanup at Navy Superfund Site

Contamination from paint, blasting and other activities will finally be cleaned up at the Naval Submarine Base-New London Superfund Site in Groton, CT, under a Navy plan newly approved by th...


Finishing Companies OK $196K EPA Deal

Three Southern California metal painting and finishing companies will spend a total of nearly $200,000 to resolve federal hazardous-waste and clean-water violations, under a new agreement wi...


Toxic Shipyard Finally Set for Cleanup

An old Oregon shipyard loaded with toxic paint and blast waste—one of the most contaminated sites in the United States—is finally on the road to a cleanup.


Coating Makers Fighting TSCA Overhaul

For the second time in three weeks, coating manufacturers are working to head off expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority.


Navy Takes 3rd Strike on Storage Tanks

For the third time this year, the U.S. Navy has agreed to pay a fine to settle federal allegations of management lapses regarding underground storage tanks at one of its facilities.


More Suits Aim to Force CCR Decision

Few industry debates are as bitterly divisive as that over Coal Combustion Residuals, but there is one thing on which friends and foes agree: It is high time for the Environmental Protection...


Storage Tanks Draw $582K EPA Fine

Owners and operators of 22 underground storage tanks at gasoline stations around Buffalo, NY, are facing $582,803 in fines for corrosion and testing lapses, as well as other violations of fe...


ACA Cheers Plan to Pre-empt EPA Rules

Coatings manufacturers, chemical makers and other business groups are cheering a new federal bill that would bar the U.S. Environmental Agency from regulating chemical facility security.


Waste Case to Cost Plating Firm $129K

An Iowa chrome, nickel, and zinc plating operation will pay $19,171 and invest $110,000 in new technology to settle allegations of federal hazardous-waste violations at its plant in Cedar Ra...


Asbestos Contractor Gets 10-Year Term

An Illinois fireproofing contractor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally removing, handling and disposing of asbestos from a Kankakee building in 2009.


Monitoring Firm Admits to Bogus Reports

A global provider of specialty services for the oil and gas industry has pleaded guilty to falsifying a Texas refinery’s air emissions reports to regulators over a two-year period.


BP Adds $13M to Refinery Disaster Tab

BP’s costs for a 2005 series of deadly refinery explosions are inching steadily closer to $2 billion, with a new $13 million federal settlement announced Thursday (July 12).


EPA Offers ‘Flexibility’ on Cement Rule

Bowing to a federal-court ruling and industry pressure, the Environmental Protection Agency will offer more implementation time and other “compliance flexibilities” to its 2010 air standards...


EPA, Shipyard Settle Paint Waste Fine

Fairhaven Shipyard Companies, Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $175,000 to resolve violations of the federal Clean Water Act at two of its facilities in Fairhaven during paint remov...


EPA Signals Truce in TX Clean Air War

The Environmental Protection Agency may be ready to say “uncle” in its long-running tussle with Texas over that state’s clean air plan.


EPA to Aid Clean-up of Old Paint Sites

The New England birthplace of marine coatings and other abandoned sites long tainted by paint, coating and solvent waste will share in $69.3 million in new federal environmental funds to cle...


3 Workers Killed in AR Tank Blast

Three workers are dead following the explosion of an abandoned containment vessel they were dismantling at an Arkansas oil site.


More Tests Set at Paint Superfund Site

Federal regulators have agreed to more testing at a New Hampshire tract full of toxic paint waste before approving a final plan for the 23-year-old Superfund site.


Keystone XL Applicants Try, Try Again

TransCanada Corp. has submitted a new application for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline that will reroute the project’s environmentally sensitive Nebraska leg.


Companies Settle Navy Base Lead Case

Two military housing companies have paid a substantially discounted fine to settle federal lead paint disclosure violations on two New England Navy bases.


EPA Official Quits in ‘Crucify’ Flap

The top federal official overseeing environmental policy in the nation’s Oil Belt has resigned after saying his regulators should “crucify” oil companies that violate the law to make an exam...


Navy Settles EPA Tank Violations

The U.S. Navy has agreed to pay a $5,855 penalty to settle allegations of underground storage tank violations at its Naval Support Activity facility in Norfolk, VA, the U.S. Environmental Pr...


Audit: OSHA Too Slow on Rule Making

For those who view the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a slash-and-burn regulatory monster, the General Accountability Office begs to differ.


Contractor Admits Stormwater Felonies

A prominent Washington State developer faces up to three years in prison and will pay $750,000 after pleading guilty to felony federal stormwater violations that led to two major landslides.


Tank Excavation Project Begins in CA

Federal and state authorities have begun the massive job of digging out disintegrating underground steel storage tanks from dozens of locations along California’s I-710 Freeway.


EPA Kills Green Chemistry R&D Plans

Without warning or explanation, the federal government has pulled the plug on a $20 million program to develop replacements for hazardous chemical substances and materials.


Phila’s Storm Sewer Woes Get $2B Assist

Philadelphia’s nation-leading commitment to green water infrastructure got a $2 billion shot in the arm Tuesday (April 10) in the form of a new federal partnership that may become a national...


New Industry Emissions Rules Loom

Compliance deadlines are nearing for two new federal emissions rules that will affect the coatings industry, and the American Coatings Association is trying to help its members get ready.


Suit Pressures EPA to Rule on Coal Ash

Environmental and public health groups have filed a federal lawsuit to force the Environmental Protection Agency to complete its long-stalled rule on disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals (C...


Uncertified Navy Engines Draw $780K Tab

A Navy shipbuilder and ship engine supplier have agreed to pay a $280,000 fine and invest $500,000 in environmental upgrades under the first settlement of a federal rule on marine engine emi...


Painter’s Daughter Wins Landmark Asbestos Ruling

A UK painter’s daughter has won a five-year court battle for insurance compensation for her late father’s fatal illness—and that of thousands of others—from asbestos exposure.


Obama Endorses OK-TX Pipeline

On again, off again, shifted, stalled, accelerated and then cancelled, the Keystone XL pipeline project is on again. Sort of.


EPA Floats New Chemical Limits

Companies would face potential limits on new uses of five groups of chemicals, including some used in pigments and paints, under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agen...


DOT to Lighten Transit Project Reviews

Federal transportation officials are proposing “common-sense changes” designed to “significantly cut red tape” for certain transit projects, dramatically speeding project progress.


Leaking Waste Tanks Draw EPA Order

Property and business owners of a defunct electroplating company in Iowa are facing thousands of dollars in daily fines under a new federal order to clean up leaking tanks and containers of ...


EU Banning Most DCM Paint Strippers

While deaths from methylene chloride paint strippers continue in the United States, most sales and use of the products are about to be banned in Europe.


$1M Fine Caps EPA’s 30th Refinery Suit

The federal government has inflicted yet another blow—its 30th, to be exact— in its ongoing effort to clamp down on U.S. refinery air emissions, fining a Kansas operation nearly $1 million a...


White House Readies Coal Ash Evaluation

As the abrasive blasting industry awaits long-stalled federal regulations on Coal Combustion Residuals, the Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its desire to keep hands off CCR pr...


Coatings Maker Fined $55K for Waste

A South Carolina industrial coatings company will pay a $55,000 fine and develop a training regimen to settle federal allegations of hazardous waste violations at its facility.


Exxon to Pay $1.6M in Yellowstone Spill

ExxonMobil has agreed to pay $1.6 million to the state of Montana for a pipeline break that fouled the Yellowstone River last summer—a spill that the oil company now admits was far larger th...


EPA Honors Wastewater Standouts

An unlikely source is bestowing honors on an unsung group, as the Environmental Protection Agency pays tribute this week to standout drinking-water and wastewater operators and facilities th...


Obama Nixes XL Pipeline Project

Facing what he called a “rushed and arbitrary” deadline set by Republicans, President Obama has denied TransCanada Corp.’s permit for the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas...


Navy Fined for Pipe, Tank Inspections

The Navy will pay nearly $161,000 in fines to settle federal claims that it failed to properly monitor pipes and underground fuel storage tanks for leaks at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, in Silv...


Creek Dumping to Cost Contractor $900K

A California contractor will spend about $900,000 on fines, mitigation measures and environmental contributions for illegally dumping tons of fill material into a San Francisco-area creek.


EPA: Navy Landlords Hid Families’ Lead Risks

Two contractors are facing more than $150,000 in federal fines for allegedly failing to disclose residential lead paint hazards at two Navy bases to military families, some with young childr...


Click Error to Cost Paint Maker $18K

An Oregon paint manufacturer will pay $18,000 for accidentally checking the wrong box on an online government form while trying to update its records.


Cement Maker’s Emissions Tab Tops $35M

A leading U.S. cement producer will spend $1.7 million in fines, $33 million in pollution control upgrades, and $745,000 in mitigation measures to settle emissions violations at six of its p...


For Power Plants, Decision Time on HAPs

Dozens of older U.S. power plants will have to clean up or shut down under the first-ever national standards aimed at reducing their toxic air pollutant emissions.


Engineers: Water Neglect will Backfire

Skimping now on public investment in aging water infrastructure will cost U.S. homes and businesses $206 billion over the next decade, the nation’s civil engineers are warning.


Dumping to Cost Contractor, GDOT $2.8M

The Georgia Department of Transportation and one of its contractors will pay more than $2.8 million in federal penalties and environmental offsets for dumping a million cubic yards of highwa...


Limits on Ship Coating Emissions Expand

After years of delay, federal emissions limits on shipyard coating operations are now in effect 24/7, in the wake of a new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Lafarge Runoff Settlement Tab: $11+M

North America’s largest construction materials supplier has agreed to pay a $740,000 fine, protect nearly $3 million in land, and invest $8 million in a program to resolve violations of the ...


EPA Proposes Stronger Tank Containment

Facing thousands of petroleum and hazardous chemical leaks each year, the federal government has proposed stronger rules for underground storage tanks, with new requirements for containment,...


GOP Battles Non-Existent Regulations

Hey, did you hear that the Environmental Protection Agency is planning to ban dusty back roads and has fined hundreds of companies $5,000 a day for spilled milk?


DuPont Fined $500K for Pigment Plant

DuPont Corp. has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for numerous state and federal environmental violations involving pollutant discharges at a pigment plant in Delaware, under a new court settle...


Areas in 15 States Fail EPA Lead Tests

Despite improving compliance, areas in 15 states are still failing to make the grade on federal air-quality standards for lead, the Environmental Protection Agency reports.


ACA Challenges VOC, Ozone Connection

Although tighter ozone regulations have been back-burnered for now, coatings makers aren’t taking any chances, continuing to muster data to build their case against tougher VOC limits.


Coating Makers Slam EPA Disposal Plan

Onerous, far-reaching, expensive and unwarranted is the verdict by coatings manufacturers on a proposed federal rule that would increase requirements for recycling hazardous materials.


Sherwin-Williams Fined $570K for Waste

Sherwin Williams will pay a $570,000 civil penalty to settle federal allegations of hazardous-waste violations at a paint production plant in Baltimore, MD, the Environmental Protection Agen...


House Makes End Run on Coal Ash Rules

Thrusting quickly to parry stiffer federal rules, the House has approved a bill that would allow states to regulate coal ash from power plants as if it were municipal garbage, not hazardous ...


New Suit Reignites Obama Ozone Battle

As expected, public health and conservation groups have revived their effort to force the federal government to tighten ground-level ozone standards—an uphill battle that the Obama Administr...


Asbestos Contractor Gets 6-Year Term

A New York construction and asbestos abatement contractor has been sentenced to six years in prison for lying to his untrained employees—and, later, to a federal inspector—about their asbest...


Ozone Game Back On, As Suits Resume

She may be tuning up, but the fat lady has not yet sung in the battle over federal smog rules, as long-stalled lawsuits on all sides have now reignited with the Obama administration’s decisi...


Asbestos Scam Draws 7-Year Prison Term

The former owner of the largest U.S. asbestos abatement training school has been sentenced to 87 months in prison for running a business built on thousands of untrained, undocumented workers...


Coatings Makers Gain Delay in EPA Rule

Coatings manufacturers have won a temporary reprieve in an impending federal rule that will increase requirements for recycling hazardous materials.


Chemical Co. OKs $245K EPA Settlement

Chemical maker Hercules Inc. has agreed to pay a $245,521 federal civil penalty to resolve claims that it violated Clean Air Act requirements at a manufacturing facility in Louisiana, MO.


Obama Kills EPA’s Tougher Ozone Rule

Bowing to 20 months of pressure from Republicans and the business community, the Obama administration has finally withdrawn its plan to further tighten ozone emission standards.


Chemical Distributor Settles EPA Suit

A major chemical distributor in Virginia has agreed to pay a $43,967 penalty and complete more than $200,000 in safety improvements to settle alleged violations of federal environmental laws...


Lawmakers Seek Delay in Cement Rules

Support is building in Congress for legislation that would delay and weaken long-planned regulation of the cement industry.


Firms to Pay $1.4M in MA Paint Blast

The owners and former operator of a Massachusetts paint and ink manufacturing plant have reached a $1.4 million federal settlement in a massive explosion and fire that destroyed dozens of ho...


Truck Makers Green-Light New Fuel Rule

Truck and vehicle manufacturers are giving a surprising thumbs-up to the nation’s first fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution standards for work trucks, buses and other heavy-du...


EPA Cites Underground Tank Owner

The Environmental Protection Agency has taken action against Schmitt Sales Inc. of Buffalo, NY, for improperly managing underground tanks used to store gasoline and other fuels at two of its...


EPA Rule Increases Chemical Reporting

Despite objections from the coatings and chemical industries, the Environmental Protection Agency will increase the type and amount of information it collects on commercial chemicals from ch...


Yellowstone Spill Spurs Pipeline Alert

While 900 people continue working to clean up the ExxonMobil crude oil spill on the Yellowstone River, the federal government has issued a warning to all owners and operators of pipelines in...


EPA Retreats 4th Time on Ozone Rule

Coatings makers and other manufacturers have won another 11th-hour reprieve on an unpopular federal rule that would further tighten ozone emission standards.


EPA Won’t Review Coal Ash Risks Soon

Although twice chastised by its own auditor for promoting the use of Coal Combustion Residuals without sufficient research, the Environmental Protection Agency has no plan to evaluate the ri...


Yellowstone Spill Plan to Be Revised

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. has more work to do on its cleanup plan for the oil-fouled Yellowstone River, but most of the spilled crude has washed away and cannot be recovered, federal officials...


EPA to Rein in Coating Chemical Uses

Paint and coating manufacturers will face closer federal scrutiny of 14 chemicals known as glymes, under a new rule being proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Company’s Paint Waste Draws $100K Fine

An untended assortment of paint waste, alkaline and acidic corrosive liquids, and sludges containing heavy metals has drawn a $100,000 federal fine for a California metal plating company.


Industry Fights Looming Emissions Laws

Coatings manufacturers are racing the clock to fend off tighter emissions rules impending in Southern California and at the federal level.


EPA Revokes Chemical Secrecy Claims

Coatings and chemical manufacturers will have to divulge a significant amount of chemical information long held confidential, under a new order by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Legislators, EPA Slam XL Pipeline Plan

TransCanada Corp. has taken another one-two punch from Uncle Sam on its controversial plan to extend the Keystone pipeline system from Canada to Texas.


OSHA to Streamline, Update Regs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it will lighten the regulatory load on employers with a comprehensive new rule that streamlines and simplifies the agency’s standards.


EPA Issues More Coal Ash Safety Plans

While the Environmental Protection Agency remains tight-lipped on its proposed rule for coal ash, the agency has released action plans by 20 electric utility facilities with 70 coal ash impo...


Robot Speeds US Toxicity Screenings

Think the federal government grinds too slowly on reviews and decisions? Tox21 is out to change your mind.


EPA Expands Ship Coating Emission Reg; New Abrasives Rule Likely

Ship coating operations will no longer get a break from federal emissions rules during start-ups, shutdowns and malfunctions, under an impending rule by the Environmental Protection Agency.


EPA: No Fine in Fatal Plant Collapse

The Gatlinburg (TN) Wastewater Treatment Plant will not face federal penalties for the collapse of a sewage basin wall last month that killed two workers and dumped millions of gallons of ra...


GOP Senate Bill Aims to Abolish EPA

Senate Republicans have long talked the talk about abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency. Now, they’re walking the walk.


BP Must Step Up Pipeline Maintenance

While the federal government is set to gain $25 million from settling BP’s 2006 oil spill, the pipeline coatings industry may also benefit from the deal.


New Metal Finishing Rules Loom

Metal fabricators and spray finishers, beware: After three years on deck, new federal emissions standards are set to take effect, with implications for training, cleaning, equipment and othe...


Ohioans See Red in Dyed Creek

Like a horror-movie backdrop, a Huron River tributary flowed blood red for almost 24 hours last week, when superconcentrated dye from some old coatings equipment was washed into the creek.


‘Safe Chemicals’ Bill Riles Industry

Coatings and chemical makers have come out swinging against a new Senate proposal that would overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act to shift the 35-year-old burden of chemical safety proo...


US GHG Emissions Halt 19-Year Climb

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States interrupted a steady 19-year climb by dipping slightly in the last annual reporting period, the Environmental Protection Agency reports.


EPA Targets Coating, Foam Compounds

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued action plans to address the potential health risks of two chemicals used in making polyurethane polymers, adhesives, sealants and coatings...


Budget Compromise Slashes EPA, OSHA

The 11th-hour budget deal that averted a government shutdown will come at a high price for two Republican targets: the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health ...


Bill Fights ‘Hazardous’ Ash Label

A West Virginia congressman has again introduced legislation that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from classifying fossil fuel combustion residuals as hazardous waste.


EPA Battle Helped Push Budget to Brink

The congressional divide over the power of the Environmental Protection Agency—captured in dueling 11th-hour bills in the federal budget battle—was a key piece of the budget deadlock that pu...


IN Wastewater Exec, Managers Sentenced in Federal Felonies

Three former officials of Ecological Systems Inc. (ESI), a now-defunct environmental contractor that operated a major waste treatment facility in Indianapolis, have been sentenced in federal...


EPA to Crack Down on Ballast Dumping

Under pressure from conservation and fishing groups, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed in an out-of-court settlement to establish a single, strong system of regulations to contr...


Auditors Rap EPA on CCR Risk Studies

For the second time in five months, Environmental Protection Agency auditors have taken the agency to task for its risk assessment practices and statements regarding the safety of Coal Combu...


Paint Waste to Land Shipyard on Superfund List

Open piles of paint and blasting grit, a burn pit of toxic solvents, and river contaminants more than 500 times the acceptable level have made an Oregon shipyard a candidate for the federal ...


Top U.S. Galvanizer Fined Over Waste

The nation’s largest galvanizing company has agreed to pay $79,700 to settle multiple state and federal hazardous waste violations at its Phoenix-area facility.


Congress Battles Over EPA GHG Rules

The battle has been joined in Congress over the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gases emitted by factories and power plants.


EPA Funds R&D for Nanocoating Risks

The billion-dollar-plus boom in nanocoating technology will be getting a closer look as several federally funded studies undertake to study the risks of nanomaterials.


Europe, US Take Aim at Coating Chemicals

Several chemicals used in protective coatings, corrosion control or coatings removal face bans in Europe, after the European Chemicals Agency has tagged them as Substances of Very High Conce...


Coatings Makers Appeal for Reg Relief

America’s coatings manufacturers have a few requests for President Obama: Cut the red tape on pipeline permits. Expand the allowable compounds in aerosol coatings. Ditch the emissions crackd...


House Targets CCR ‘Hazardous’ Label

The U.S. House of Representatives is taking aim at any federal notion to classify fossil fuel combustion waste as hazardous.


EPA Seeks Public Input on Reg Review

The embattled U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting public comment on a plan that will guide EPA’s internal review of its regulations as part of a government-wide regulatory revie...


EPA Releases Utilities’ Plans on Coal Ash

While work on federal rules for coal ash grinds on, the Environmental Protection Agency is releasing plans developed by 15 electric utility facilities to make their coal ash impoundments saf...


Cemex to Pay $3.4M in Clean Air Case

Global Portland cement producer Cemex Inc. has agreed to pay a $1.4 million federal penalty and spend $2 million for equipment to control illegal toxic emissions at its plant in Fairborn, OH...


OSHA Drops Reporting Plan for Sprains, RSI

Just days after withdrawing one controversial proposal, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has sounded retreat on another: a plan to restore more specific reporting of work-re...


AK Railroad Fights EPA On ‘11th-Hour’ Bridge Holdup

The Alaska Railroad Corporation has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to stop construction of a bridge over the Tanana Rive...


Court OKs EPA Takeover of TX Permits

A federal appeals court has green-lighted the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to take over Texas’s air-pollution permitting program.


2 Shipyards to Pay $410K in EPA Suit

Two New England shipyards will pay a total of $410,000 in penalties to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that they violated federal environmental laws.


EPA Orders Testing of Common Chemicals, Expands Toxics Reporting Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to target chemical safety with a new rule that requires manufacturers of 19 widely used chemicals to test and report on their health and environ...


Court Halts EPA’s TX Permit Takeover

A federal appeals court has slapped a temporary hold on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to take over Texas’s regulation of air permitting.


EPA Takes Over TX Air Permit Program

The smackdown between the state of Texas and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over greenhouse gas emissions has heated up again, with EPA now running Texas’ permitting program while...


States Tightening Noose on BPA

Maine has joined a growing list of U.S. states that are restricting the use of the controversial chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA)— fueling the global momentum to rein in, if not ban, the widely us...


EPA Calls for Water Tests on Chromium 6

The Environmental Protection Agency has urged the nation’s water utilities to develop monitoring and sampling programs for Hexavalent Chromium, in the wake of a study that found the toxic ch...


DuPont to Pay $3.3M for Failure To Report Coating Chemical Risks

DuPont has agreed to pay a $3.3 million federal penalty for failing to report “substantial risk” found during testing of chemicals for use as coatings, sealants and related products.


US, EU Countries to Partner on Chemical Safety

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and European Chemicals Agency have announced a partnership to “share knowledge and exchange experience and best practice” on chemical management acti...


TX Steps Up Attack in EPA Permit Suit

Texas is turning up the heat against the Environmental Protection Agency over its unilateral rejection of the state’s 16-year-old program for flexible air-pollution permitting.


EPA Retreats Again on Ozone Decision

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced yet another delay in issuing controversial new ground-level ozone rules—a delay that parties on all sides of the issue now view as a retreat...


EPA 2010: 20K+ Inspections, $12.1B Polluter Tab

Aggressive federal enforcement of VOCs, surface coating emissions, wastewater, lead and other environmental issues cost companies more than $110 million in penalties and about $12 billion in...


Bankrupt Pigment Maker to Pay $270M+ for Cleanup

Tronox Inc., the world’s third-largest producer of titanium dioxide, will pay $270 million in cash and 88% of its interest in pending litigation in a federal bankruptcy settlement that w...


EPA to Screen More Coating Chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency will screen 134 chemicals, including some used in paints and coatings, for their potential to disrupt the endocrine system.


EPA Touts ‘Best Available Control’ on Emissions

States will have broad leeway in determining how to limit emissions from power plants, factories and other big polluters when new greenhouse-gas regulations take effect in January, according...


EPA Again Delays Ozone Standard

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson has again delayed a decision on whether she will proceed with her controversial plan to toughen smog standards.


EPA Fugitive Arrested in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic authorities have arrested a Massachusetts woman who vanished after her 2008 federal-court conviction for running an asbestos-removal business built on hundreds of fraudule...


Contractor Clouds PA Town with Lead Paint Dust

A Pennsylvania town is grappling with potentially serious contamination of its air, water and residents after a contractor unleashed “clouds” of uncontained lead-based paint dust while blast...


EPA Releases Coal Ash Impoundment Assessments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released final contractor reports assessing the structural integrity of scores of Coal Combustion Residuals impoundments and similar units, most ...


Goodman Oil to Pay $171K for Tank Violations

An Idaho oil company has agreed to pay $171,091 to settle a series of fuel storage tank violations dating to 1991 at former gas stations across Idaho, federal officials say.


Chemical Makers Challenge EPA on Cr(VI) Review

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving too quickly, and without sufficient information, on a scientific review that could pave the way for stricter standards on Hexavalent Chromium ex...


EPA Reprimanded for Concealing Coal Ash Risks

The Environmental Protection Agency violated its own ethics policies in failing to disclose known risks of Coal Combustion Residuals on a website that promoted their beneficial use, even as ...


EPA, OSHA Seek Health & Safety Panel Members

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are both seeking experienced professionals to serve on their health and safety Advisory Committees. Th...


EPA Sets Greener Policy for Wastewater Industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling on the water and wastewater industries to pursue and adopt more sustainable approaches to building, maintaining and operating sewer lines,...


Naval Shipyard Fined for Hazardous Waste

The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility has agreed to pay $56,000 for hazardous-waste violations at its facility in the Bremerton Naval Complex, according to an ...


EPA Rules Killing 800K Jobs, GOP Says

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policies under the Obama administration could cost the United States more than 800,000 jobs, Republicans say in a new report that examines several recent...


EPA Begins Enforcement of Unpopular Lead Rule

Enforcement Day has finally arrived for the Environmental Protection Agency's controversial "Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule," despite months of efforts by contractors, suppliers and ot...


Coal Ash Hearings Playing to Packed Houses

Producers, marketers, environmentalists, physicians, neighbors, power companies, towns, Chambers of Commerce and even churches have numbered among the thousands of speakers and attendees pac...


Targeted EPA Sweep Fines 9 Metal Finishers

Nine California metal finishers have paid thousands of dollars in fines for federal hazardous-waste violations after a recent rash of targeted inspections by the U.S. Environmental Protectio...


End of EPA Program Catches Companies Off-Guard

AkzoNobel, Turner Construction and other industry leaders are expressing surprise and disappointment at the Environmental Protection Agency’s abrupt decision to end its Climate Leaders progr...


Investors Urge EPA to Adopt Coal Waste Rule

A group of investors representing more than $240 billion in assets urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday (Sept. 15) to adopt federally enforceable regulations governing...


EPA Targets Dye, Cleaner, Retardant Chemicals

Several chemicals widely used in dyes, flame retardants, detergents and other industrial applications are the subject of new action plans by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


EPA Approves Lead Paint Test Kit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the D-LEAD Paint Test Kit, by ESCA Tech Inc., for lead-based paint on plaster or drywall surfaces.


EPA Proposes Expanded Chemical Reporting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to increase the reporting required on chemical usage, manufacturing and production while decreasing the information that chemical compan...


EPA Announces Hearing Schedule for Proposed Coal Ash Regulations

The EPA has released a schedule of public hearings on its proposal to regulate disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants.


American Concrete Association Seeks Comments on EPA’s Proposed CCR Rule

The American Concrete Association is conducting a survey among interested parties so that it can comment to the EPA on its proposal to regulate coal combustion residuals (CCR's), including f...


Pipeline Company to Pay $44.25M for Oil Spills

Display Abstract: Plains All American Pipeline and several subsidiaries will spend about $41 million to upgrade 10,420 miles of crude-oil pipeline and pay a $3.25 million civil penalty for 1...


Coatings, Chemical Groups Oppose TSCA Bill

Proposed federal legislation to tighten the Toxic Substances Control Act has drawn fire from the American Coatings Association and the American Chemistry Council.


Tnemec Adds to Linings for Secondary Containment

Tnemec Company Inc. has introduced epoxy and vinyl ester linings for secondary containment to its StrataShield product line.


EPA OKs 2 Lead Test Kits; RRP Training Tops 400K

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved two lead testing kits and trained 421,000 people as enforcement looms for the new federal lead-safe work rules.


EPA Plans Hearings on Coal Waste Proposal

Representatives of the abrasives industry and other interested parties will be able to speak at public hearings on the EPA’s proposed rule to regulate coal combustion residuals (CCR), includ...


Groups Plan Suit to Restore Lead Rule ‘Opt-Out’

A coalition of housing industry groups plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restore an “opt-out” provision to EPA’s controversial new lead-safe practices rule.


EPA Extends Lead Rule Comment Period, Ends Opt-Out

The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period for proposed changes to its controversial new lead-safety rule, while closing one of the rule’s key loopholes.


Proposed Rule for Power Plants Generates Questions for Coatings, Other Industries

The EPA seeks comments on two proposed options for regulating residuals from coal-burning electric utilities while retaining the EPA-determined beneficial use exemption status of the residua...


EPA Delays Lead-Rule Enforcement

The Environmental Protection Agency, facing pressure from industry groups and members of Congress, has acted to delay enforcement of the agency’s much-criticized “Lead-Safe Renovation, Repai...


ACA Lodges Formal Complaint on Lead-Safe Rule’s PSA Campaign

The American Coatings Association (ACA) late last week lodged a formal complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), obj...


Senate Votes to Block Lead-Rule Fines

The U.S. Senate has voted to delay imposition of fines and liability related to the controversial new federal lead rule, and one Senator has called for a hearing on the measure.


Free Webinar to Focus on Lead Rules

PWC: Painting & Wallcovering Contractor Magazine will host a free webinar June 24 on compliance with the controversial federal lead-safe rules introduced in April.


Opposition to Lead Rule Heats Up

Trade associations continue to challenge the new federal lead-safe work rule almost five weeks after implementation, with one group seeking congressional relief and another lambasting the ru...


EPA May Expand Lead Reg to Public, Commercial Work

Just days after its controversial lead-safe rule took effect for homes and child-care centers, the EPA is weighing a similar mandate for commercial and public projects.


EPA Tightens New Lead Law

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has tightened its brand-new lead-safe law by eliminating a loophole that had allowed residential contractors to opt out of the requirements with the ...


EPA Lead Rule Now in Force

Despite challenges by critics, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting” (RRP) rule took effect as scheduled on Wednesday.


EPA Lead Rule Takes Effect

April 22, 2010 is the effective date for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program, which requires contractors who work in pre-1978 homes...


125K Certified on Eve of EPA Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects more than 125,000 contractors to be trained in lead-safe work practices by the mandated deadline of April 22, the agency says.


EPA Refutes Critics, Keeps Lead Rule on Track

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to implement its sweeping new lead-safe rule on schedule and is strongly refuting the allegations of critics that are seeking to block it.


Iowa Approved to Enforce Lead Rule

Iowa has become the second state in the country to be federally authorized to administer and enforce the impending federal Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program. Wis...


11th-Hour Appeal Seeks to Delay Lead Rule

Just weeks before the two-year clock runs out, a dozen paint industry groups and retailers have joined forces to delay sweeping new federal lead-safe work rules set to take effect April 22.


Heavy Fines Loom with New Lead Regs

Less than a month remains for contractors to comply with sweeping new lead-safe rules or face fines of up to $37,500.


New Lead Deadlines Loom

Time is short for companies and contractors to prepare for new federal lead-safe regulations that take effect in April, the Environmental Protection Agency is warning.


California Paints to Host Lead Classes

California Paints will host courses at its Massachusetts headquarters to train and certify contractors for the forthcoming federal Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.


EPA Seeks Tougher Smog Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on January 7, 2010, that it is proposing to replace the March 2008 smog standard with the strictest health standards to date for smog...


EPA Proposes to Expand Lead Monitoring

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is proposing to expand the lead air quality monitoring network to ensure that the most vulnerable Americans are protected fro...


EPA Releases Enforcement Results, Map of Actions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released enforcement results for fiscal year 2009, and has developed a new Web-based tool and interactive map that allows the public to get...


PPG Joins U.S. Energy Saving Program

PPG Industries (Pittsburgh, PA) announced that it has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Save Energy Now LEADER Program, reinforcing the company’s voluntary efforts to significantl...


Sherwin-Williams to Reduce Emissions

The Sherwin-Williams Company has pledged to reduce its total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 4 percent as a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leaders program.


Wisconsin Institutes EPA Lead Programs

Wisconsin has become the first state authorized to administer and enforce the U.S. EPA’s impending lead-safe rules for contractors.


EPA, Coatings & Inspection Co. Settle

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the testing and metal coating firm, Magnetic Inspection Laboratory, Inc. (Elk Grove Village, IL), reached an agreement in October for the c...


EPA May Tighten Lead Paint Definition, Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to revisit the definition of lead-based paint and further tighten standards for lead-safe renovation practices above the measures already requi...


EPA Felon Gets 20 Years; Had Been Shot during Arrest

An EPA fugitive captured after a year on the run was sentenced last week to 20 years in prison for environmental and other crimes, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.


EPA Recognizes ‘Green Building’ Projects

The U.S. EPA’s “Green Building Challenge” program recently recognized innovative projects.


EPA to Study Nanomaterials for Risks

With nanotechnology now used in hundreds of consumer products ranging from paints to sunscreen, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has outlined a new research strategy to better ...


EPA Issues Guidance on PCB-Containing Caulk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced steps that building owners and school administrators should take to reduce exposure to PCBs from caulk in many buildings built or renov...


EPA Certification for Lead Removal Underway

Hundreds of contractors nationwide have already become EPA-certified renovators in anticipation of the agency's Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, which takes effect in April.


EPA to Reconsider National Smog Standards

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced this month that the agency would reconsider the 2008 national smog standards to ensure they are scientifically sound a...


EPA Settles with Coating Maker

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it reached a $48,600 settlement with Performance Coatings Inc. of Ukiah, CA, for allegedly failing to submit required toxic ...


$72M to Puerto Rico for Water, WW Work

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded almost $72 million to Puerto Rico in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.


U.S. Gov’t Launches Online Public Forum

The eRulemaking Program, a federal-wide E-Government project led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has launched an online publication forum, Regulations.gov Exchange.


EPA Fines Painter for Failing to Disclose Lead Risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the rare step of fining a San Francisco based painting contractor $10,000 for failing to disclose information about lead-based paint ...


EPA Warns Facilities on Risk Plans

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is warning facilities that use hazardous substances to submit updated Risk Management Plans as required by federal law. The agency has begun to levy ...


Four Jailed for Environmental, Safety Crimes

On April 24, 2009, Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co. (Phillipsburg, NJ) and four of its senior managers were sentenced to fines and federal prison terms in what the EPA calls the longest fe...


EPA to Recognize ENERGY STAR Designs

The U.S. EPA said it will unveil on Thursday the latest group of energy-efficient commercial building design projects that have been recognized as “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.”


EPA Reinstates Full TRI Reporting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will reinstate stricter reporting requirements for industrial and federal facilities that release toxic substances that threaten human health and the...


EPA Expands Training, Sets Fees for Lead-Safe Work

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a new series of training courses to provide instruction to individuals seeking certification as a renovator or dust sampling technician...


Ex-Asbestos Training Head on EPA Wanted List

The Criminal Enforcement Division of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added Albania Deleon to its fugitives web site.


EPA Reports on Nanoscale Stewardship

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its interim report on the year-old Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program. The program’s goal is to provide a firmer scientific foundat...


Webinar Set on EPA Stripper, Coatings Rule

A Webinar will be conducted next month to help businesses involved in paint stripping and surface coating to learn about controlling air pollution to meet new federal standards.


EPA Reports on Nanoscale Stewardship

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its interim report on the year-old Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program. The program’s goal is to provide a firmer scientific foundat...


EPA Says 211 Areas Exceed PM 2.5 Levels

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has notified 25 governors and 23 tribal leaders that areas in their states and tribal lands do not meet the daily standards for fine particle pollut...


Industry’s Environmental Performance Soars

The paint and coatings industry has sharply reduced its emissions of air and water pollutants and slashed its overall Toxicity Score in a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agen...


EPA Tightens Allowable Airborne Lead Levels

EPA announced that it has dramatically strengthened the nation's air quality standards for lead to improve public health protection, especially for children. The new standards tighten the al...


 
 
   

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