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Indonesian Paint Co. Sets CA-Based Green Code

Indonesian paint company PT Mowilex has recently published a guide that classifies its products in terms of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions, according to a press release.


EPA Proposes Plant Waste Rule Amendment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed plans to relax rules related to how power plants store waste from coal-fired power plants. The rules in question date ba...


EPA Taking Comments on Methylene Chloride

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public input on a draft risk evaluation of more than 70 uses for methylene chloride, including commercial paint and coating removal, consume...


EPA Proposes Lead and Copper Rule Amendment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule amendment that would be the first significant overhaul of the Lead and Copper Rule since 1991, a proposal that bo...


EPA Talks Lead for Children's Health Month

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently participated in the Mid-Atlantic Lead Forum, to discuss the agency’s “Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood L...


NYC Schools See Paint Inspections, Remediation

Early last month over 1,800 children’s classrooms in New York City were reported to have been contaminated with hazardous, deteriorated lead paint.


EPA Releases Guide for Methylene Chloride Ruling

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a new guide to help methylene chloride processors and distributors comply with the final rule issued in March under the Toxic Substanc...


EPA to Hold Evaluation Meeting on 1-BP Solvent

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it will hold a Toxic Substances Control Act Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals meeting to review the draft risk evaluati...


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it has settled with five Southern California-based construction firms for violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting...


EPA Lists 20 Chemicals for High Priority, Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week that it is moving forward with a proposed list of 20 chemical substances to designate as “High-Priority Substances” under th...


EPA Designates 20 Chemicals as Low Priority

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed to add 20 substances as low priority under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


EPA Proposes Revisions to NSR, CWA

Last week, a few proposals emerged out of the Environmental Protection Agency—including revisions to New Source Review regulations and changes to certifications under the Clean Water Act—tha...


EPA Announces Updates to Chemical Tracker Tool

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a release last week that it is continuing “its commitment to transparency” by making additional information about chemicals notices available...


Mountain Valley Pipeline Coating Questioned

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently issued a request for “toxicological, environmental and health information” from the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s corporate attorney regard...


EPA Sets New Lead Standard

Last Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced new standards for lead, spec...


Resin Company to Eliminate NMP from Portfolio

Global resins manufacturer Royal DSM announced last week that it will be phasing out all uses of 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (also known as n-methylpyrrolidone and more commonly known as NMP) fro...


EPA to Hold Committee Meeting on Chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it will be holding the first meeting of its Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


EPA Proposes Burden Reduction in TSCA Reporting

Just last week (April 12), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed amendments to the Chemical Data Reporting rule.


$50M EPA Program to Look at Lead Exposure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed a new $50-million grant program to expand the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget efforts to protect children in an ...


EPA Finalizes Paint-Stripper Rule

Last Friday, (March 15) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture and importing, processing and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint...


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced earlier this week that it has settled with two California construction firms for lead paint violations, reaching nearly $50,000 in penaltie...


Senate Confirms Wheeler as EPA Chief

The Senate has recently confirmed that former coal industry lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, is to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.


EPA Sued Over Lagging Paint-Stripper Ban

Public health advocates have officially filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to finalize a rule prohibiting the use of methylene chloride.


EPA Considers Progress with Paint Stripper Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly getting ready to finalize its rule on methylene chloride. According to government documents, the EPA sent proposals to the Office of Managem...


Amazon Latest to Restrict Paint Strippers

Online retailer Amazon recently posted a policy update that effectively prohibits the sale of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone, joining the growing lis...


Rust-Oleum Settles with EPA Over Waste Violations

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday (Dec. 4) that it has reached a settlement with coatings manufacturer Rust-Oleum Corporation (Vernon Hills, Illinois), a consumer bran...


Amazon Latest to Restrict Paint Strippers

Online retailer Amazon recently posted a policy update that effectively prohibits the sale of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone, joining the growing lis...


Trump to Nominate Wheeler as New EPA Head

President Donald J. Trump recently announced that he intends to interim Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler for the position permanently. Trump made the announcement...


PPG, Kelly-Moore to Discontinue Paint Stripper

Two more paint companies have confirmed that they are discontinuing the sales of paint strippers containing methylene chloride and NMP.


EPA Admin Pruitt Hands in Resignation

President Donald J. Trump announced the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt via Twitter last Thursday.


EPA Head Pruitt Resigns

President Donald J. Trump revealed Thursday via Twitter that Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned.


EPA Proposes New Dust-Lead Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released late last week (June 22) a proposal to lower the dust-lead hazard standards. The public has 45 days from the proposal’s release to comment o...


Box Stores Phase Out Paint Stripper

A few days after coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company's recent announcement that it will be phasing out paint strippers that contain methylene chloride, home-improvement box st...


Paint Firm, Box Stores Phase Out Paint Stripper

Over the course of a week, coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company and one of the United States’ largest home-improvement stores announced they will be phasing out the sale of pai...


Sherwin-Williams to Phase Out Methylene Chloride

Late last week, The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) announced that it will be phasing out the use of methylene chloride in its paint removal products by the end of the year.


EPA to Act on Methylene Chloride

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced May 10 that it has decided to move forward on its original ruling on methylene chloride, a chemical commonly used for stripping paint.


EPA to Act on Methylene Chloride Paint Strippers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week that it has decided to move forward on its original ruling on methylene chloride, a chemical commonly used for stripping pai...


EPA to Hold Leadership Summit on PFAS

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will convene a national leadership summit to address the topic of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, use...


EPA Convenes Summit on PFAS

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will convene a national leadership summit to address the topic of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, use...


EPA Rolls Back Toxic Substance Review

The Environmental Protection Agency is now saying that it is tightening the parameters of a congressionally mandated review of chemicals in public use, effectively leaving out millions of to...


Houston Contractor Talks Lead Challenges

“Tangibly creative”—that’s how Dan Bawden describes his remodeling profession. “I love driving by a home and saying, ‘I’ve built that,’” he said. “I’ve left my mark in a very tangible way on...


EPA Accepts Standards for Sustainable Products

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency said it will recognize The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard, which is recommended at the highest level for seven building materials and con...


President Proposes Cuts to EPA

The federal agency responsible for environmental protection efforts, enforcing lead-based paint renovation laws, and regulating chemicals found in paints and coatings would see a 31 percent ...


Owner, EPA Settle Lead Fines

A New Hampshire-based property developer has agreed to pay a fine of more than $90,000 to settle charges that it violated federal lead paint rules at a historic mill building renovation proj...


Home Depot Responds to Lead-Safe Demand

The Home Depot has reportedly pledged to host events and initiatives aimed at educating customers on lead-based paint safety practices.


Trump Focuses on Repealing Regulations

President Donald J. Trump's plan to roll back federal regulations is in play.


Trump Orders Examination of Regulations

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order Friday (Feb. 24) that establishes task forces within executive departments to identify regulations that might be ripe for repeal or modifi...


Coatings Maker Settles Hazardous Waste Case

A Vermont-based coatings manufacturer has agreed to design and install a new system to capture and control solvent vapors at its manufacturing facility to resolve a case with the U.S. Enviro...


Port Sues Former Paint Chemical Maker

The Port of Portland, OR, has recently joined eight western U.S. cities and the state of Washington in filing nuisance suits, seeking to hold Monsanto liable for allegedly polluting public w...


US, EU Focus on Governing Nanomaterials

Chemical authorities in the U.S. and Europe are making progress on transparency initiatives regarding nanotechnology-based products, including coatings.


Asbestos Goes Under EPA Microscope

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking aim at 10 chemicals, including asbestos, using new powers granted to the agency by the recently enacted Toxic Substance Control Act reforms.


Superfund Site Cleanup to Begin

Federal environmental authorities have reached agreements with several public and private entities, including PPG Architectural Finishes and the City of San Francisco, to begin cleanup of an...


EPA to Assess Asbestos, Other Chemicals

Asbestos is listed among the first 10 chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating under new powers granted under the Toxic Substance Control Act reform.


EPA Tallies Lead Violations for 2016

Contractors, renovators, painters and retailers are among the parties required to pay more than $1 million in penalties for violating lead-based paint safety rules this fiscal year, authorit...


EPA to ‘Fast-Track’ Five Chemicals

Flame retardant chemicals used in polyurethane foam and consumer products are listed among the five chemicals the federal Environmental Protection Agency is looking to take “swift” action on...


Surfactant Touts Low Environmental Impact

A new ingredient for degreasers and outdoor cleaning products has been developed by AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, Netherlands) for both consumer and commercial applications that involve direct relea...


Suit Calls for EPA Action on Lead Paint

Seven public health and environmental justice groups have accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of “unreasonable delay” in its obligation to update lead-based paint and lead dust ...


Lead Levels Prompt Relocation Efforts

In what some have described as a “Flint 2.0” situation, at least 1,000 residents of a low-income housing complex built near a former industrial site in East Chicago, IN, will soon be displac...


EPA Fines Cement Maker $1.69 Million

Cement manufacturer Cemex Inc. faces a $1.69 million penalty and will invest $10 million in cutting emissions at five of its plants as a result of a recent settlement with the U.S. governmen...


Owner, Contractor Face Hefty Lead Fines

Federal regulators have levied nearly $300,000 in total fines against three New Hampshire companies for allegedly failing to follow lead-based paint regulations at a commercial and residenti...


EPA Rule Targets Formaldehyde Emissions

Under a new federal rule, certain wood product manufacturers in the U.S. and those abroad who sell products in the U.S. will be required to test, certify and label their products as complian...


Feds Fine Galvanizer Over Waste Storage

A Baltimore steel galvanizer is facing $60,000 in federal fines over alleged violations of hazardous-waste storage laws.


Navy, Guam Contractor Face EPA Fines

In a settlement with the U.S. government, the U.S. Navy and a Guam-based former Navy contractor will pay fines and take corrective action to address alleged hazardous waste violations at a f...


Public, Private Groups Focus on Resilience

The White House this week announced new public and private measures to boost community resilience at its Conference on Resilient Building Codes.


Asbestos Violations Spur EPA, OSHA Bills

Federal authorities are cracking down on asbestos hazards at commercial and multi-residential building projects.


EPA Names Top 25 Energy-Saving Cities

When it comes to embracing the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy efficiency Energy Star program—Washington D.C. leads the pack.


Renovation Activities Prompt EPA Fine

A California renovator has been fined nearly $30,000 for failing to comply with federal lead-based paint safety regulations.


Resins, Polymers Firm Settles with EPA

A West Coast specialty polymers company has reached a settlement regarding alleged violations of a federal law governing water pollution at a manufacturing facility in Fairfield, CA.


Coatings Resin Producer Settles EPA Case

A California resin and polymer company has settled allegations it violated provisions of the federal law governing water pollution at a manufacturing facility in Fairfield.


EPA Awards Focus on Sustainable Tech

Federal environmental authorities are investing in green building technologies and other innovative ideas developed by 38 student teams from around the country.


Officials Probe Lead-Safe Reports

Maryland residents who thought their homes were safe from lead paint might not be certain anymore.


EPA Takes Over Lead Testing in Flint

In what has become a national crisis over localized contaminated drinking water, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said it would be taking over water testing and ordering an indepe...


EPA Seeks Comments for RRP Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is inviting feedback on how to create lead testing kits that meet the performance recognition criteria in its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (R...


Improper Paint Storage Spurs EPA Fines

An Alaskan construction company has agreed to pay the federal Environmental Protection Agency $140,000 to settle allegations that it improperly handled and stored hazardous paint and roofing...


CA Companies Settle Lead Lapses

One of the largest lessors of single-family residences in the U.S. and a California general contractor will pay more than $46,000 to settle allegations involving lead-based paint regulations...


Paint Designed to Kill Bacteria

Sherwin-Williams is billing its latest product offering as “one of the most significant technological breakthroughs” in its nearly 150-year history.


EPA Settles 75 Lead Paint Cases

The Environmental Protection Agency entered into 75 settlements in the past year with contractors who failed to follow the federal lead paint guidelines.


Obama, Partners Plan to Emission Cuts

What do Dow Chemical, Fomo Products, Lapolla Industries and NCFI Polyurethanes have in common?


Glass Maker Settles Clean Air Violations

Guardian Industries Corp. has reached a $70 million proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency that would resolve allegations that the co...


States, Cities Win Grants to Remove Lead

More than $101 million in federal funding has been awarded to 32 cities, counties and state governments to combat lead-based paint.


Rig Topples, Dumps Paint in Watershed

A big rig carrying thousands of gallons of paint led to some confusion and a lot of cleanup work after an accident Sept. 10 in California resulted in spilled paint in a watershed area.


Supplier Agrees to $5M Fraud Settlement

A national supplier of water, sewer, fire protection and storm drain products has agreed to pay nearly $5 million to settle allegations that it fraudulently received federal money for which ...


Monitor Made for Dust Collection

A web-based dust-collection diagnostic system billed as the "first of its kind" has been introduced by Camfil Air Pollution Control.


Web-based Unit Monitors Air Quality

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) has designed a web-based system for dust collection diagnostics.


EPA Fines Caltrans, Contractor $80K

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement for $80,000 each with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and a general contractor for dumping fuel an...


8 Landlords Settle EPA Lead-Paint Case

Seven associated Connecticut property management companies and one individual property owner have agreed to pay $48,000 to resolve allegations involving lead-based paint regulations.


Jury Awards $350K in Lead Paint Suit

A Providence, RI, jury has awarded more than $350,000 to a 19-year-old who suffered permanent brain damage after exposure to lead paint as a toddler.


Green Polyurethanes Capture Blue Ribbon

WASHINGTON--Polyurethanes tough enough for industrial use without hazardous isocyanates have bested scores of technologies to win a 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.


Green Polyurethane Takes EPA Honor

WASHINGTON--A new polyurethane technology that does not use isocyanates in the entire production process has been named one of the top green chemistry advances of 2015.


MO Renovator Settles RRP Case

LENEXA, KS--A window and siding contractor has agreed to pay $13,566 to settle claims that it violated federal lead-safe renovation rules on two projects.


Communities Get $54M Federal Boost

WASHINGTON--Hundreds of contaminated and abandoned properties across the nation will be renovated thanks to $54 million in federal funding.


EPA Awards $54M for Brownfield Cleanup

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The contaminated and vacant vestiges of scores of mills, plants and other industrial and commercial properties will be getting a $54.3 million federal boost toward a new fut...


Water Toxins to Cost Cement Plant $7.5M

SAN FRANCISCO—A California cement maker will spend more than $7.5 million to settle allegations that it routinely dumped toxic substances into a tributary of the San Francisco Bay.


Landlord Settles EPA Lead-Paint Case

BOSTON—A Connecticut property manager will pay $54,644 and spend nearly $20,000 on a window-replacement project to settle allegations involving lead-based paint regulations.


U.S. Proposes More Nano Reporting

WASHINGTON, DC—As nanotechnology takes over everything from coatings to construction materials, federal regulators want to know more about the risks posed to human health and the environment...


EPA Seeks Nanoscale Reporting Rule

WASHINGTON, DC—Federal regulators want to know more about those teeny, tiny chemical substances now pervading paints, construction materials and numerous other products.


EPA Eyes Limits on Paint Strippers

U.S. officials are expanding their search for data as they weigh new restrictions on two toxic chemicals used in paint removers.


EPA to Weigh Fate of Paint Strippers

After deaths, warnings and restrictions elsewhere, the United States is taking another step on the road toward limiting the use of two toxic chemicals used in paint removers.


D.C. Upsets L.A. in EPA Ranking

Step aside, Los Angeles, there’s a new Energy Star champion. Washington, D.C., now tops a federal ranking of the most energy-efficient cities in terms of Energy Star building certifications,...


Traditions Set in Paint & Mischief

For individuals and cities alike, "going green" on St. Patrick's Day is less of an environmental initiative and more of a literal challenge.


$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 Weighs Coating TDI Restrictions

Coatings, adhesives and other products containing harmful chemicals are the focus of a new federal proposal to limit the use of those chemicals.


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.


Bogus Asbestos Trainer Pleads Guilty

A former employee of an asbestos-removal training firm has pleaded guilty to falsely issuing asbestos-abatement certificates on the side to more than 100 people in exchange for cash.


Student Painters Settle Lead Case

College Works Painting has agreed to pay a $39,532 civil penalty for alleged violations of the federal renovation rule addressing possible lead-paint hazards, authorities have announced.


Renovator Faces $51K RRP Fine

Federal authorities have hit a San Francisco Bay-area renovator with a $51,000 fine for allegedly violating lead-based paint regulations while performing work on foreclosed homes.


Nanotech Company Gets $300K Grant

A small California-based nanotechnology company has received $300,000 in federal funding to further develop innovative polymers for use in sustainable wood coatings.


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.


Report: Lead Deal Averts Prison Term

A Florida landlord who had been facing decades in prison for lead-paint violations has reached a new deal with prosecutors that may give him probation only, reports say.


EPA Warns of Chemical Stripper Danger

U.S. regulators are taking a closer look at regulating methylene chloride paint removers in the wake of a risk assessment that deems the products hazardous to workers, consumers and even bys...


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.


Flame-Retardant Decision Challenged

Chemical makers are urging a leading heath-management organization to reconsider its decision to stop buying furniture made with flame-retardant chemicals.


EPA Touts Flame-Retardant Options

Federal regulators have identified safer alternatives to flame-retardant chemicals used in building insulation and products containing flexible polyurethane foam.


Hospital Giant to Shed Flame Retardants

Citing health concerns, one of the nation’s largest health-management organizations will phase out furniture containing toxic flame-retardants at its hundreds of facilities.


NY Builder to Pay $50K in EPA Action

A New York construction company will pay a $50,000 penalty and build a $70,000 drainage system to settle claims that it violated federal clean-water regulations at a development site, author...


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...


Plans for Commercial Lead Rule Return

After a hiatus of nearly two years, federal regulators are taking a baby step toward a new rule for controlling lead-paint hazards in commercial and public buildings.


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.


Contractor Jailed for Beach Asbestos

The owner of a South Carolina renovation company will spend six months in prison for contaminating a beach and oceanfront properties with asbestos-laden materials, authorities say.


Mussels Stall Michigan Pipeline

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


Students’ Building Advances Honored

Student designs that improve indoor air quality, find purpose in low-quality wood, and harness solar power in novel ways have captured awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


LA School Wins EPA Energy ‘Battle’

For the second year in a row, an elementary school has taken first place in a national competition aimed at slashing energy usage in the commercial building sector.


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.


EPA Looks Closer at Nanomaterial Impact

The federal government is investing nearly $10 million in research aimed at understanding the impact of nanomaterials throughout their life cycle—from design to disposal.


L.A., D.C. Again Lead Energy Rankings

For the sixth year in a row, Los Angeles has topped the federal list of 25 U.S. metro areas with the most Energy Star-certified buildings.


CA Targeting Spray PU Foam Chemical

The spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry has mobilized quickly against a plan by California regulators to target a toxic chemical often used to make SPF products.


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.


Joplin Tornado Lead Aid Hits $5.4M

Federal authorities will provide an additional $2.5 million to help remedy extensive lead contamination in Joplin, MO, caused by the May 2011 tornado and subsequent recovery efforts.


‘Absolutely Huge’ Regs on Tap for 2014

ORLANDO—From the Danger signs it posts to the labs it employs, the U.S. commercial construction industry should gird now for a slew of new major regulatory actions coming this year, an indus...


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.


Coal Waste Ok’d in Concrete, Wallboard

In good news for the building industry, two of the largest reuses of encapsulated Coal Combustion Residuals—in concrete and wallboard—have been deemed "beneficial" by the U.S. Environmental ...


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.


W.R. Grace Pays $63M Asbestos Tab

Global building chemicals and materials supplier W.R. Grace & Co. has paid $63 million to resolve 10-year-old claims for environmental cleanups at nearly 40 sites in 21 states, according to ...


WWII Plant’s Legacy Dogs S-W in Suit

A former U.S. munitions facility where Sherwin-Williams Defense Corp. once painted bombshells is now the subject of a $3.7 million legal demand for cleanup costs.


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...


Building Products Maker Settles EPA Case

A California construction products manufacturer will pay a $43,000 fine and spend $23,350 to upgrade its finishing facility to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.


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.


After the Fall: Prison and Questions

The former senior federal official called his years of riches, built on an imaginary double life, a “rush.” Prosecutors called it “offensive.” And the judge called it “unbelievably egregious...


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.


EPA Honors Building Material Recycler

A Phoenix, AZ-based business that has steered the reuse of hundreds of tons of building materials has won a federal environmental award for its efforts.


Lobbyist Fined $10k for Lead Violations

A Maryland “super-lobbyist” with a checkered past has agreed to pay a reduced fine of $10,000 for lead-paint violations at two rowhouses he owns in Annapolis, the state Department of the Env...


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 Urged to Update Wood Smoke Regs

Seven Northern U.S. states are demanding that the federal government update its 25-year-old regulations on wood-burning heaters and devices—growing sources of air pollution as home heating c...


EPA Issues Flame Retardant Risk Report

Safer options are available for a flame-retardant chemical commonly used in polystyrene building insulation, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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.


PCB-Tainted Buildings Spark EPA Fine

Allegations of PCB contamination and waste mismanagement at two buildings will cost an Arizona-based copper mining company $146,600 to resolve, according to federal authorities.


EPA Retreats on 2 Chemical Rules

U.S. regulators have quietly dropped longstanding safety proposals to step up oversight of flame retardants and building chemicals and require companies to disclose more chemical information...


Chicago Joins Energy Benchmarking Cities

Thousands of large buildings across the Chicago skyline will be required to report their energy use and authorize the city to disclose the numbers to the public under a new mandate.


3,000+ Buildings Compete in EPA Battle

What do the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, FL; a Catholic cathedral and rectory in Seattle; New York City’s historic 100 Park Avenue building; and Busch Stadium—home of the St. Louis Cardinals,...


U.S. Plans New Look at Chemical Safety

U.S. paint and coating makers plan to closely monitor—and, preferably, help shape—any changes planned as part of a new federal-level review of chemical facility safety.


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...


Whistleblower Case Costs Firm $160K

A cleaning and restoration company in Ohio has been ordered by federal regulators to pay $161,228 to a technician who was wrongfully terminated after he raised safety concerns during a lead-...


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.


Rental Companies Fined for Lead Lapses

Three property management companies in Oregon and Idaho will pay more than $15,000 in fines for failure to disclose lead-based paint hazards to renters.


Sand Coating, 3D Tech Make the Grade

A naturally occurring coating that would enable sand to clean water pollutants and 3D technology that creates printable building components are among seven award-winning solutions developed ...


TSCA Could See Overhaul in New Bill

With the support of the painting industry, a new bill is on track to revamp the nation's chief chemical safety law after nearly 40 years.


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.


Industry Seeks EPA Data on Lead Rule

Federal regulators must show a “hazard and causal link” between renovation work and lead-based paint in public and commercial buildings before expanding any rules involving that work, the co...


Lead Rule Expansion Back on Track

Commercial painters and renovators are invited to submit comments and take part in a public meeting on the federal government’s plan to expand the lead-safe renovation rules to commercial an...


Feds Urge Curbs on Nano Exposures

Nanotechnology may be the future of paints and coatings, but federal health officials are recommending strict limits on worker exposures to some of those tiny particles.


NJ School Deemed ‘Biggest Loser’

An 81-year-old elementary school in New Jersey has won a nationwide competition aimed at shrinking the energy footprints of U.S. commercial building stock.


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...


Spray Paint Maker Fined for Waste

A Pennsylvania aerosol coating manufacturer will pay a $25,000 fine to settle allegations of hazardous-waste violations at its plant near Philadelphia, the Environmental Protection Agency ha...


MO Painter Agrees to Fine in Lead Case

A St. Louis, MO-based painting contractor has agreed to pay a $23,000 penalty to settle allegations that it violated the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule on lead-safe pract...


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.


$16M Deficit in EPA Lead-Paint Program

Costs are exceeding collections to the tune of $16.4 million when it comes to federal oversight of lead-based paint rules, according to a new audit.


Renovator Faces $90K RRP Fine

Federal authorities have hit a New Hampshire-based renovator with a $90,750 fine for allegedly violating lead-based paint regulations while performing work at a child-occupied facility in Ma...


Asbestos at 25 AZ Schools Spurs Fines

Six Arizona school districts face fines totaling $94,575 for violating federal asbestos rules at 25 schools, the Environmental Protection Agency has announced.


Feds Team Up for Healthier Homes

Peeling paint, lead poisoning, failing roofs and other housing dangers are the focus of a new federal-level, multi-agency initiative to make American homes safer and healthier.


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.


Coating Group Marshals Lead Data

Preparing to weigh in on a federal plan to expand lead-safe regulations to commercial and public projects, SSPC is soliciting member data on the potential impact of such rules.


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.


Nebraska Renovator Settles Lead Case

A Nebraska window and siding contractor will pay a $6,188 fine to settle allegations that it violated federal lead-paint disclosure rules, under a new settlement agreement.


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.


EPA Revives RRP Expansion Plan

Commercial painters, remodelers and interested parties have three months to voice opinions on expanding the controversial federal lead renovation rule into the commercial and public building...


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...


Infill Surge Gives Old Lots New Life

When it comes to housing in the U.S., infill is in. That's right: Abandoned parking lots and underused commercial and industrial spaces are rapidly being replaced by housing nationwide, the...


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.


 
 
   

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