Chemical Industry Regulatory Update – June 2021

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

Date: June 14, 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.

USMCA Free Trade Commission Holds Inaugural Meeting as USMCA in Full Force

Dan Ujczo

On May 18, 2021, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Free Trade Commission (FTC) held its inaugural meeting, which was led by U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai, Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Tatiana Clouthier and Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng. The parties issued a joint statement at the close of the FTC meeting summarizing the developments and next steps. Continue reading.

ASC Webinar Event – June 15 (Noon ET)

The Adhesive and Sealant Council is partnering with Thompson Hine attorneys to host a webinar that will focus on regulatory updates affecting U.S. trade policy. 

EPA Issues Proposed Rule for HFC Phasedown Under 2020 AIM Act

Joel D. Eagle

On May 19, 2021, EPA published in the Federal Register its proposed rule addressing the reduction of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the United States. With the publication of “Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons: Establishing the Allowance Allocation and Trading Program Under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act” (“Proposed Rule”), EPA is fulfilling its mandate under the 2020 American Innovation and Manufacturing Act (“AIM Act”) to issue a final HFC phasedown regulation by September 3, 2021. This is the first of likely several rules that EPA will publish pursuant to the AIM Act, with additional rules to follow in the next several years to implement additional aspects of the AIM Act requirements.

Returning to the Workplace: What Does Employment Look Like Post-Pandemic?

Nancy M. Barnes, Debora S. Brenneman, M. Scott Young, Hannah E. Caldwell

This webinar focuses on considerations that employers are facing as state and federal authorities revise their guidance regarding workplace safety and the interaction and proximity of employees. We summarized results of our recent Return to the Workplace Survey and addressed key questions employers face regarding legal compliance, employee relations, retention and workplace culture issues. We examined the latest developments that legal departments as well as human resources and employment professionals are facing regarding vaccinations, COVID-19 protocols, accommodations and employee relations issues. Click here to watch. 

Environmental L.A.W.S. Podcast – Love Canal: How the Dream of a Perfect City Led to CERCLA – Part One

Nathan C. Hunt

In this two-part episode, we examine the history of Love Canal, America’s most notorious toxic waste dump, which prompted the passage of CERCLA. In part one, Thompson Hine attorney Nathan Hunt tells the story of William Love and his ambitious plan to build a perfect city powered by free hydroelectricity in Niagara Falls, New York. Little did Love know that history would forever associate him with toxic waste instead of his ideal city. Nathan will explain who William Love was, his vision for the perfect city, why he wanted to build it in Niagara Falls, how he planned to get people and businesses to move to Niagara Falls, and why (spoiler alert!) the project ultimately failed. Part two will cover the environmental catastrophe that made Love Canal a household name in the 1970s and galvanized support for the passage of CERCLA in 1980.  Click here to listen.

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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.



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