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Paint Maker to Pay $950K in Death

Vista Paint Corp. has been ordered to pay $950,000 in the 2011 asphyxiation of two untrained workers in a paint mixing tank full of methylene chloride paint stripper vapors.


New Surface Repels, Well, Everything

Teflon? That's so 20th century. A new surface texture being developed by UCLA engineers reportedly "can repel all liquids, no matter what material the surface is made of."


Coatings Maker Accepts EPA Waste Fine

An industrial-coatings manufacturer will pay a $20,240 penalty to settle claims that it violated federal hazardous-waste regulations at its Pennsylvania plant.


Data Demands Rile Coating Makers

A sweeping plan to collect years of sales and formulation data on paints and coatings in California is not sitting well with manufacturers. And the new round of VOC-cutting that may follow i...


FL Tank Maker Fined $106K for Hazards

Painters, blasters and other temporary and full-time workers at a longtime manufacturer of tanks and pressure vessels are the focus of concern in 23 federal health and safety citations alleg...


Solvents Tied to Later Brain Problems

Time supposedly heals all wounds, but it may not be able to repair the brain problems caused by longtime on-the-job exposure to industrial coatings and other solvent-based products, a new st...


Painter’s Suit Ties Solvents to Cancer

For three years, Walter Sarrat used a soaking mist of undiluted toluene to remove the workday’s protective coatings from his skin, clothing and equipment.


DE: Stripping Operation Violates Law

An aircraft painting contractor accused of providing “inconsistent” answers regarding its waste practices and operating a paint-stripping operation unlawfully is facing multiple violations a...


Paint/Graffiti Remover Touts Safety

Cortec Corp. has unveiled two heavy-duty, anti-corrosion paint strippers and graffiti removers that the company calls “the safest on the market.”


$46.7M Paint Sludge Cleanup Planned

The next step in removing tens of thousands of tons of paint sludge, paint waste and tainted soil from an old Ford Motor Co. site in New Jersey will cost $46.7 million, under a cleanup plan ...


Paint Worker Found on Tank Dies

A paint plant worker in New Jersey died after he was overcome by fumes and toppled onto a solvent tank, local police reported.


Hempel Launches New Offshore Coating

A new epoxy mid-coat from Hempel can reduce drying times by up to 25 percent for offshore wind tower manufacturers, the company says.


VersaFlex Launches Equipment Cleaner

Painters facing spray equipment cleaning challenges have a new option from VersaFlex Inc.


NASA Paint Sprays Away New Car Smell

Love it or hate it, that “new car smell” is not healthy—or, it turns out, good for sensitive satellite instruments—driving NASA to find a way to spray it away.


WI Probes Illegal Paint Dumping

Wisconsin environmental authorities are seeking the public’s help in tracking down the source of illegal paint dumping in two northwestern counties.


Carlsbad Odor Laid to Coating, Solvent

Carlsbad Caverns National Park has reopened after “extensive” air quality testing showed that chemical vapors released during elevator renovation had not spread to the visitor center or surr...


Coating Fumes Shut Down National Park

“Overpowering” coating fumes from newly installed rails in an elevator shaft sickened employees and forced the emergency closure of Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico this week, of...


Arkema Plant Hazards Draw $117K Fine

A federal crackdown on chemical plants that are ill-prepared for a catastrophic release has now swept in Arkema Inc., the global raw materials supplier to the coatings, construction and seal...


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...


Answers Sought in Fire Warehouse Blaze

Authorities are still pursuing clues and clean-up in a massive blaze that gutted a paint and coating warehouse and sent products flowing into a river last week in Yonkers, NY.


Paint Waste Cited at New Superfund Site

An old California manufacturing and painting operation has joined the National Priorities List of Superfund hazardous waste sites that pose health and environmental risks.


Solvents Stay Strong, Despite US Drop

Solvents may be falling from favor in the West, but they still appear to have a strong future in paints, coatings and adhesives elsewhere in the world for the rest of the decade, a new marke...


4 Injured in Coating Line Fire

Authorities are investigating a flash fire that injured four workers on a coating line in an Alabama aluminum plant.


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.


CDC Links 13 Deaths to Paint Stripper

Federal health officials have issued a warning about the use of the paint stripper methylene chloride after linking the chemical to more than a dozen accidental deaths.


ACA Takes on Growing Solvent Laws

Coatings makers are working hard to reshape a growing number of state industrial solvent restrictions that could impact industry manufacturing.


RPI Plea Deal: Probation, $1.65M Payout

RPI Coating Inc. will pay $1.65 million and accept five years of probation as part of a plea bargain in the deaths of five of its painters trapped underground by fire in 2007.


RPI Plea Likely in 5 Painters’ Deaths

RPI Coating Inc. is expected to plead guilty to several misdemeanors and financially compensate the families of five painters killed in an underground fire at the Xcel Energy Cabin Creek hyd...


Fabricator Paint Shop Draws $134K Fine

An Ohio structural steel fabricator is facing 17 federal health and safety citations and $134,400 in fines for recurring hazards in painting and other operations at its facility in Akron.


Paint Plant to Pay $40K Waste Fine

An Arizona industrial paint producer has agreed to pay a $40,000 state penalty for hazardous waste violations unresolved since 2008.


Ruling Mixed in AkzoNobel Birth-Defect Suit

A doctor should have been allowed to testify at trial that exposure to AkzoNobel solvents may have contributed to brain damage and birth defects in an employee’s child, the Supreme Court of ...


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 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...


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...


OSHA Hits Ft. Bragg with 37 Citations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued notices for 37 safety and health violations at the U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg installation, following an inspection focusing on the f...


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.


Presidential ‘Green’ Awards Honor Protective Coating, Safe Solvent

A high-performance coating made with recycled plastic and soybean oil has earned Sherwin-Williams a prestigious 2011 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.


ASTM Sets Open Time Standard, Revises Humidity Test

ASTM International has established a new standard for determining paint “open time” and has revised its standard for testing water resistance of coatings under 100% relative humidity.


OTC to Cut Paint Thinner, Solvent VOCs

A dozen Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states will reduce Volatile Organic Compound limits in paint thinners and cleaning solvents, if the Ozone Transport Commission proceeds with its plan to ad...


EPA: Test Water for Paint Chemicals

Paint residues in tap water? Federal regulators want to know.


Coatings Help Dow Post Record Numbers

Modest gains in Coatings and Infrastructure and record sales in emerging regions helped propel The Dow Chemical Co. to double-digit growth for both the fourth quarter and full year of 2010.


Binks Introduces 183 Series of Pressure Tanks

Binks, manufacturer of industrial fluid handling equipment, has added two lines to its family of pressure tanks, designed with additional features for easier use.


INVISTA Expands Solvent Product Line

INVISTA (Wilmington, Del.) has expanded its FlexiSolv™ cleaning solvent product range with a line of water-dilutable microemulsions. Recommended applications include paint stripping, graffit...


Solvent for Paint Stripper is VOC-Free

Rhodia (Paris, France) has introduced Rhodiasolv® STRIP, an eco-friendly, safe ingredient developed for dichloromethane-free paint stripping solutions.


 
 
   

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