PVF News

Distributors Must Be Involved in Codes and Standards

The codes and standards development process can be a confusing and overwhelming process that never ends. The American Supply Association (ASA) believes that being at the forefront battling code issues is necessary to protect the interest of its members. The ASA Codes and Standards department is a tool that ASA members have to engage themselves in the process. Read more.

Are You Ready for Proposition 65?

On August 18, 2017, the American Supply Association (ASA), in collaboration with Intertek, provided a webinar on California Proposition 65 regulations compliance and its upcoming changes. The webinar was tailored to meet ASA’s unique membership needs and answered many of the questions on this complex regulation, which applies to nearly every business selling products into California. It is crucial that distributors, manufacturers, and suppliers ensure that they understand and comply with this regulation, which can be costly if left unchecked! You can view the webinar, download a copy of the slides, and access the webinar Q&A.

Public Inputs for NFPA 58 are now Available (July 2017)

The NFPA 58 (Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code) Public Inputs are now available for public review and can be obtained here. The proposed changes will be discussed during the first draft meeting scheduled for October 17-19, 2017 in Tampa Fl. This is the first stage of the code development process to develop the 2020 edition of NFPA 58. ASA is a voting member of NFPA 58 and any concerns or issues with any of the changes being proposed for the 2020 edition, please contact us at engineer@asa.net.

ASA Appointed to ASME B31.3 Subgroup on General Requirements (April 2017)

The American Supply Association (ASA) is proud to announce that Hugo Aguilar (Director of Codes and Standards) has been appointed to a voting position to the ASME B31.3 (Process Piping) Subgroup on General Requirements (SG-A). This code contains rules typically found in petroleum refineries; chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, paper, semiconductor, and cryogenic plants; and related processing plants and terminals. Read More 

ASA Appointed to the ICC Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee (1-18-17)

The American Supply Association (ASA) is proud to announce that ASA has been appointed by the International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors as a member of the Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee (PMGCAC) for the 2018-2019 Code Development Cycle. Hugo Aguilar, P.E., ASA's Director of Codes and Standards, has been appointed to represent ASA as a full committee voting member for these codes. The objective of the Code Action Committees is to enhance the technical requirements of the International Codes. Read more

Federal Register notice: Trichloroethylene (TCE); Regulation of Use in Vapor Degreasing under TSCA §6(a) (1-12-17)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to ban the use of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used in vapor degreasing. The proposed rule was issued under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21 st Century Act. Specifically, EPA is proposing to prohibit manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE for use in vapor degreasing. EPA is also proposing to require manufacturers, processors, and distributors to notify retailers and others in their supply chains of the prohibitions. Potential affected entities may include: Petroleum manufacturing, synthetic rubber manufacturing, machine shops, fluid power pumps and motor manufacturing, industrial and commercial fan and blower and air purification equipment, just to name a few. Please see prepublication copy notice for instructions on how to submit a comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by March 11, 2017 (60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register). Read more

EPA Proposes Adding Natural Gas Processing Facilities to List of Industrial Sectors Covered by the Toxics Release Inventory (1-09-17)

EPA is proposing to add natural gas processing facilities to the scope of the industrial sectors covered by the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Natural gas processing facilities that primarily recover sulfur from natural gas are already an industrial sector covered by TRI. This action proposes to expand coverage to all natural gas processing facilities. These facilities receive natural gas and then refine this gas.

Facilities primarily engaged in natural gas extraction (e.g., exploration, fracking, etc.) are  not included in this proposal.

Adding natural gas processing facilities to the TRI would meaningfully increase the information available to the public on releases and other waste management of listed chemicals from the natural gas processing sector and further the purposes of section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

ASA Appointed to the NFPA 54 and NFPA 58 Technical Committees (1-05-17)

The American Supply Association (ASA) is proud to announce it will serve as a voting member in the development of NFPA 54 ( National Fuel Gas Code) and NFPA 58 ( Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code).  Hugo Aguilar, P.E., ASA’s Director of Codes and Standards, has been appointed to represent ASA as a full committee voting member for these codes.  ASA understands that the provisions in NFPA 54 and NFPA 58 can potentially affect the interest of its members.  NFPA 54 can affect members of the plumbing and HVAC industry; and NFPA 58 can affect members of the PVF industry.  ASA is committed to participating in the development of these codes and bettering an industry, which protects the public’s health and welfare.  READ MORE

EPA Releases Report on Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States (12-15-16)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its scientific report on the impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources . This final report provides a review and synthesis of available scientific information concerning the relationship between hydraulic fracturing activities and drinking water resources in the United States. Read more EPA released the final report, “Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources”. Read the executive summary and the entire report .

EPA is Proposing to Add Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs) to the Toxic Release Inventory (11-17-16)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to add a nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) category to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list of reportable chemicals. This proposal, if finalized, would expand the scope of chemicals subject to reporting and provide communities with more complete information on toxic chemical releases.

EPA will accept comments for 60 days from the date the proposed rule publishes in the Federal Register. For more information on the proposed rule and the TRI Program, click here for more information.

Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) are surfactants that have been in commerce for over 50 years. Products containing NPEs are used in many sectors, including textile processing, paints, resins and protective coatings, oil and gas recovery, steel manufacturing, and power generation. A variety of cleaning products, degreasers and detergents are also available for institutional and domestic use. These products have numerous applications, including controlling deposits on machinery, cleaning equipment, and scouring fibres; as wetting and de-wetting agents; in dyeing and machine felt cleaning and conditioning; and in product finishing.

Commonly Used Solvents Found to Cause Cancer by the CAL EPA/OEHHA (11-14-16)

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is releasing a revised draft document summarizing the carcinogenicity and derivation of an inhalation cancer unit risk factor (URF) for tertiary-Butyl Acetate (TBAc). Inhalation cancer unit risk factors are used to estimate lifetime cancer risks associated with inhalation exposure to a carcinogen. These documents will be reviewed and discussed by the Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants (SRP) at its meeting on December 14, 2016 in Sacramento, CA.

TBAC is commonly used as a solvent in a variety of products including coatings, inks, adhesives, industrial cleaners and degreasers. Read more

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