04 July 2017
04 July 2017
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) applauds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its 22 June final rule for Risk Evaluation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
ACMA believes the final rule improves on EPA's proposed risk evaluation regulation from December 2016.
"EPA's final rule shows an increased awareness of the need to focus regulatory programmes on actual or likely risks," states ACMA President Tom Dobbins. "ACMA and its member companies worked with EPA and the White House to highlight the likely impacts of the proposed rule to manufacturers and the public."
Last year, representatives from ACMA and its member companies met with the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to discuss concerns with some of the TSCA rules. In March 2017, ACMA submitted comments on EPA's proposal.
"We greatly appreciate EPA's attention to ACMA's concerns," says Dobbins. "The proposed rule from last year could have imposed significant burdens on ACMA's member companies and would not have benefited the health and safety of employees and their local communities. ACMA is committed to helping our members keep their workers and plant neighbours safe."
The proposed rule would have required EPA to conduct assessments for uses of all chemicals. The final rule allows the agency to consider only those chemical uses expected to result in excessive risks. EPA can exclude a use of a chemical that has been adequately assessed by another regulatory agency, particularly where the other agency has effectively managed the risks.
Porcher Industries subsidiary BGF Industries has completed the acquisition of a new US plant to help satisfy increasing demand from automotive OEMs for the manufacture and supply of glass fibre insulation materials, automotive exhaust components and subassemblies.
The US Department of Energy (DOE)'s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced funding of $3,745,413 to Western Research Institute (WRI) to develop low cost carbon fibre components using various resources as the feedstock, such as coal and biomass.
Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance, along with more than 20 industry and educational partners, will demo the latest composites processes and share practical tips for working smarter, faster and more efficiently during CAMX 2017 in Orlando, Florida, US on 11-14 September.