The color pigments industry began a new chapter in its relationship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after meeting with senior policy leaders at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., on June 7.
The Color Pigment Manufacturers Association (CPMA) Board of Governors, led by Board Chairman John Marten, described the role of color pigments throughout the downstream customer value chain. EPA policy leaders learned about the positive societal impacts of color pigments in the paint and coatings, cosmetics, personal care products, cleaning products, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, building materials, plastics, packaging, and printing ink industries.
CPMA leaders also shared insight into the continuing regulatory challenges for the U.S. color pigments industry, including Asian-owned manufacturing companies’ non-compliance with U.S. environment, trade, worker safety, and health and safety laws.
CPMA member companies, whose historical roots are North America and Europe, have adopted “beyond-compliance” manufacturing and product safety practices established by EPA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal regulatory agencies.
EPA policy leaders offered CPMA the opportunity to expand U.S. industry stakeholder partnerships, leverage color pigments industry science and technical expertise for future regulatory deliberations, and participate in agency regulatory reform initiatives.
Color pigments industry leaders left the meeting sensing a new era of stakeholder partnership with EPA and a positive reversal from eight years of negative, adversarial, and anti-manufacturing attitudes and philosophy.
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