In its detailed letter to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the American Coatings Association, or ACA, highlighted several existing or proposed regulatory schemes across various federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), General Services Administration (GSA), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), that the industry believes significantly jeopardize its efforts to contribute to the emerging but still fragile economic recovery.

ACA’s letter responded to an effort by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who sent letters to some 150 groups requesting their suggestions of federal regulations that are most harmful to their business.

In its response to the House Committee, ACA focused on the following regulations believed to be particularly onerous for the industry, or stumbling blocks for economic and job growth:
  • Chemical facility security regulations
  • GSA Reliance on LEED
  • Definition of Solid Waste Regulations
  • EPA’s Pleasure Craft Control Techniques Guidelines
  • FMSCA Tank Vehicle Endorsement
  • PHMSA Petition for Rulemaking on Incident Reporting


This effort follows a similar one from December 2010, to which ACA responded in January 2011. That letter raised issues with DOT’s Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)'s Special Permits Program; EPA’s Aerosol Coatings Regulation, Boiler MACT, NAAQS for Ozone, Cleaning Product Claims Policy under FIFRA, and TSCA Inventory Update Rule; and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s On-Site Consultation; Noise Proposal; and Injury and Illness Protection Program.
The seven aforementioned existing or pending regulations are covered in detail on ACA’s website.