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Coating Operation Fined $341K

Workers repeatedly inhaled, absorbed and even ingested toxic hexavalent chromium through a variety of coating tasks at an Oklahoma contractor, federal authorities are alleging.


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...


New Coating Nixes Chromate

A new coating for aluminum alloys eliminates toxic hexavalent chromium while retaining its anti-corrosion properties, developers say.


Coating Advances Top 2013 EPA Awards

New coating technologies that drastically reduce the use of toxic hexavalent chromium and costly titanium dioxide are among the top green chemistry innovations for 2013.


Company Blamed in Trainee’s Death

Cited twice in five years for hazards, including several that led to an amputation, a Texas plating company is now being held responsible for the death of a 22-year-old worker who was learni...


OSHA Whiplashes on Air Force Case

Federal health and safety officials have done an about-face in their case against Robins Air Force Base, cited earlier this month for excessive toxic exposures during paint removal operation...


OSHA Cites Air Force Sanding Operation

Toxic chemical exposures during paint-removal operations have once again landed an air base in trouble with federal health and safety authorities.


$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 ...


Railcar Finishing Work Nets $170K Fine

A New York manufacturer of rail and aircraft interiors is facing 24 federal health and safety citations and $170,100 in fines for coating, sanding and related hazards at its plant in Champla...


Navy Hazards Addressed; Review Unlikely

Navy officials have addressed toxic-metals exposures that threatened to shut down a California painting and maintenance facility last fall, but federal health officials have declined to take...


OSHA to Target Key Coating Chemical

Federal health and safety authorities have announced a new crackdown on worker exposure to a chemical widely used in protective and marine coatings.


Paint, Plating Sites Join Superfund List

Abandoned paint and chrome plating operations are among nine hazardous-waste sites newly named to the Superfund National Priorities List.


Bids Sought for $5M+ LA Bridge Contract

Bids to clean and paint almost 10 million pounds of steel on a Louisiana bridge will be opened April 24, transportation officials announced.


Conversion Coating Cuts Out Chromates

A chromate-free conversion coating for magnesium alloys has been developed by NEI Corporation.


Hoover Dam Hit with 58 OSHA Citations

Lead contamination, hexavalent chromium exposures and a wide variety of other hazards at the Hoover Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant have resulted in the filing of 58 federal health and safety...


‘Rare Earth’ Coating Draws Rare Honor

The U.S. Department of Defense has chosen a new environmentally benign, corrosion-resistant coating for military aircraft and other weapons systems as a top project of 2012.


GAO Questions DOD Corrosion Budget Plan

The Government Accountability Office wants a better accounting from the Defense Department about its $9.1 million plan to tackle a $20.9 billion-a-year corrosion maintenance problem.


Plant Fined 3rd Time in 15 Months

Lack of soap, towels, and showers; inadequate respirators; and forced use of vacation time for mandatory medical examinations of employees working with toxic chemicals are among the federal ...


Graphene Coating: Non-toxic Rust Buster

Scientists have a new secret weapon in their quest for a steel coating that effectively fights corrosion without using toxic compounds.


Silica, Cr(VI) Trigger OSHA Case

Excessive silica and hexavalent chromium exposures lead a lengthy list of federal health and safety violations against an Alabama tank and pressure vessel maker that also provides coating, w...


Steel Structure Supplier Fined $72K

A manufacturer of steel substation and transmission structures is facing $72,000 in fines and 14 federal safety violations related to combustible dust and other hazards at its plant in Louis...


Prof Licenses Green Protective Coating

An Eastern Michigan University coatings researcher has partnered with a Michigan-based company to commercialize a chromate-free protective coating developed by his team.


PPG: Layoffs, Cleanup Tab Will Pinch Q1

Paving the way to a good first-quarter report with bad news, PPG Industries announced Thursday (April 5) that it would lay off 2,000 employees, settle a $160 million environmental bill, and ...


BASF Phasing Out Lead Chromate Pigments

BASF, one of the world’s largest pigment suppliers, will stop making lead chromate pigments by the end of 2014 and concentrate on developing and producing alternative products, the company h...


PG&E to Pay $3.6M in Chromium 6 Case

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has agreed to pay a $3.6 million fine for allowing a poisonous plume of Hexavalent Chromium-contaminated groundwater to continue its spread near Hinkley, CA.


ASTM Revises 2 Zinc Coating Standards

ASTM International has revised two zinc coating standards for steel and iron applications: one for measuring coating weight and one for electrodeposited coatings.


Protective Coatings are Metal Free

Delaware-based AnCatt Inc. has unveiled a heavy-duty, three-layer coating system that purportedly functions as a corrosion barrier for metal substrates without using chromate or other heavy-...


OSHA Slaps AFB Painting, Blast Shops

Painters, blasters and sanders at Hill Air Force Base are working with excessive noise, lack of respiratory protection, lack of training, and excessive exposures to cadmium, hexavalent chrom...


New JV Targets Chromate-Free Pigments

Crosslink, a developer of electroactive polymers, has announced a joint venture with Wayne Pigment Corp. to commercialize hexavalent chromium-free corrosion inhibitor pigments for military a...


OSHA Fines Tank Services Company $114K

Lack of machine guards, excessive respirable dust and other alleged hazards have a Wisconsin tank company facing 11 federal safety and health violations and $114,000 in fines.


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.


OSHA Sharpens Eye on Metals Industries

Steel, aluminum and other metals producers, take note: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is watching you.


Non-Chromate Coating Gets Patent

Crosslink, maker of advanced organic materials, has received a patent for a non-chromate corrosion-inhibiting coating.


PPG Accepts $600M Cleanup Settlement

Twice defeated in getting the case thrown out, PPG Industries has agreed to remove an estimated 700,000 tons of chromium waste from its former chrome production facility in a densely populat...


Boat Maker Fined $95K in Repeat Case

A Georgia boat maker faces $95,240 in federal fines and 19 health and safety violations for failure to abate a variety of violations found on earlier inspections.


EPA: Test Water for Paint Chemicals

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


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...


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...


Widespread CrVI-Tainted Water Found

Tap water from 31 of 35 U.S. cities tested contains Hexavalent Chromium in concentrations that average three times the safety goal being proposed by the state of California, according to a s...


OSHA Cites GA Contractor on Cr(VI) Exposures

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 17 citations and proposed $300,400 in fines against a Georgia industrial painting contractor, alleging chemical overexposures, la...


Cr(VI) in Brockovich Case Spreads

A poisonous plume of Hexavalent Chromium-laced groundwater is still spreading near Hinkley, CA, violating a long-standing order for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) to clean up the contam...


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...


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 ...


OSHA Crackdown on Chromium Hits WI Company

A Wisconsin plating company faces a $74,500 fine and 53 citations as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to tighten its focus on Hexavalent Chromium, a carcinogenic c...


OSHA Booklet Outlines Chromium Standards

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published Hexavalent Chromium, a booklet outlining industry standards for protecting painters, welders, and other worke...


 
 
   

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