Chemical Industry Regulatory Update – February 2021

A Newsletter from The Adhesive and Sealant Council and Thompson Hine LLP

Date: February 10, 2021

The chemical industry is subject to complex and ever-evolving laws and regulations. New standards governing the production and use of chemicals are implemented every year worldwide, and existing laws and regulations are constantly changing to keep pace with new information and scientific advancements. Chemical Industry Regulatory Update provides a monthly digest of recent legislative and regulatory developments and related industry news.

DSTC Proposes Motor Vehicle Tires Containing Zinc as a Priority Product

William J. Hubbard

Per a January 12 press release, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control has accepted a petition from the California Stormwater Quality Association asking that the DTSC list motor vehicle tires with tire treads containing zinc as a Priority Product.  Per the petition, zinc released from tires is an aquatic toxicant that impacts aquatic organisms and potentially imposes high costs to California stormwater agencies responsible for meeting water quality objectives.  For more information, click here.

Biden Administration Bolsters Buy American Requirements

Mona Adabi, Brent Connor, Scott E. Diamond*, Tom MasonDavid M. Schwartz

As part of his “Build Back Better” initiative, President Biden issued an executive order (EO) yesterday that tightens Buy American requirements by enhancing enforcement efforts, increasing domestic content requirements for U.S. goods, and making it more difficult to obtain waivers. The EO, entitled, “Executive Order on Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers,” also establishes a centralized Made in America office within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to track compliance with the policy. Continue reading.

*Not licensed to practice law.

The Adhesion Science & Technology Short Course Goes Virtual

The Adhesion Science & Technology Short Course will be held virtually on February 15-17, 2021. This course provides an introduction and overview to a variety of critically important topics in the field of adhesion. Highlighting the significant contributions that surfaces, adhesive chemistry, polymer behavior, and mechanics make to measured adhesion, the course provides strategic insights for bonding success ranging from structural to soft matter adhesion. Click here to register.

Transition: A Presidential Change Webinar Series

What will the new presidential administration look like in 2021? As President Joe Biden settles into the White House, we invite you to join us for a series of webinars that will examine what this shift in presidential power could mean for the country. The change of hands will likely spark significant changes affecting a wide range of government sectors, from U.S. trade to immigration. We will explore these potential changes and their consequences for U.S. businesses.

Visit Thompson Hine’s Events page to watch past presentations and sign up for upcoming sessions.

Session One - Impact of the 2020 Election on U.S. Trade Policy: Trump Transformation to Biden Restoration? Click here to watch.

Session Two - Insights on Environmental Shifts Under the Biden Administration Click here to watch.

Session Three - Benefits Building Blocks for the Biden Administration Click here to watch.

Session Four - Will the Biden Administration Unwind Immigration Policy Implemented by the Trump Administration? Click here to watch

Coming up next in this series:

Session Five - Back to the Future: Will Biden Take Us Back to the Obama-era NLRB?

Over the past 16 years, watching the NLRB issue decisions is more like watching a tennis match than a judicial body. The Bush, Obama and Trump boards have manufactured or dismissed precedent during their administrations. What issues are likely to be at the top of the Biden agenda and when can we expect to see those changes unfold? 

Check out the latest Employment Legislation Outlook. Learn about the latest developments in paid sick and leave laws, family and parental leave, recreational and medicinal marijuana use, and workplace issues.



For more information, contact the editor, William J. Hubbard, or any of the authors.

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Chemical Industry Regulatory Update is compiled by Thompson Hine lawyers on behalf of The Adhesive and Sealant Council. It should not be construed as legal advice, and the views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the ASC or its members.