PFAS in Surface Finishing: Where is it Going?
Regulation of PFAS chemicals continues to increase — here are some steps finishing operations can take to prepare.
Congressional Letter Sent to Automakers Regarding Hexavalent Chromium
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) recently sent a major letter to automotive industry CEOs regarding the use of hexavalent chromium from plating in the automotive supply chain. NASF Government Affairs through The Policy Group spoke on this and related topics last week at the Automotive Industry Action Group’s fall conference on the International Material Data System (IMDS).
EPA Submits Proposed PFAS Drinking Water Standard to White House for Review
The new drinking water standard for PFOS and PFOA was submitted to the White Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review. The proposed rule is expected to be issued by the end of 2022.
EPA Creates New Environmental Justice and Civil Rights Office
EPA formally announced the creation of its new Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights. The office is expected to have 200 EPA employees and could have a significant impact of facility permits.
U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on WOTUS
Stakeholders looking to Supreme Court for much-needed clarity on the definition of waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act.
NASF Releases October 2022 Policy Update
The National Association for Surface Finishing has released a Policy Update, summarizing some of the pertinent regulatory developments and new announcements from the month of October.
EPA Will Send Nationwide PFAS Survey to Finishing Operations by October
EPA is preparing a formal survey to send to finishing operations nationwide as early as October to inform the agency’s analysis of the industry’s PFAS use and discharges. The survey is a significant undertaking and will be executed under the federal Clean Water Act’s authority, similar to the last major discharge survey of the industry over 20 years ago.