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Serving all aerosol marketers and fillers, Southern Aerosol Technical Association (SATA) is the oldest technical organization dedicated solely to the advancement of the aerosol industry. SATA's primary purpose is to provide a forum for the presentation and sharing of information between manufacturers, formulators and marketers of aerosol products.






SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2017



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Welcoming Reception



CAPCO Rebranding ♦ Sean FitzgeraldCAPCO
Good, Bad, Uncertainty in Chemistry ♦ Dr. Mark Jones, The Dow Chemical Company
Particle Size Science ♦ Kyle Butz, Spray Analytics
Kigali Agreement Update ♦ Jose Pons, Sicamu
Innovation Awards Presentations (make nominations on SATA home page)

Golf Tournament
Dinner on Own


Social Chemistry ♦ Chris McCarthy, American Chemical Society
Global Aerosol Transportation ♦ Gene Sanders, W.E. Train Consulting
Fire Suppression Systems ♦ Fred Callahan, IEP Technologies

CSPA Legislative Update ♦ Steve Bennett, CSPA
Toxic Tort ... Protecting your Product ♦ Cliff Zatz, Crowell & Moring LLP
VOC Solvent Response ♦ Dave Pasin, TBF Environmental
Regulatory Update: CARB Activity, OTC States, SCAQMD Rule 1168, and other legislative
issues ♦ Doug Raymond, 3R

Regulatory Roundtable ♦ Dr. Larry Beaver, Moderator
Dinner with Founder's Award Presentation

In hit to Obama legacy, court rejects HFC phaseout effort

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter
Published: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A federal court today ruled that U.S. EPA cannot require companies in certain sectors, like retail food refrigeration, to replace hydrofluorocarbons with other substances. story was updated at 1:40 p.m. EDT.

A federal court today ruled that U.S. EPA cannot require companies to replace potent heat-trapping chemicals with other substances, dealing a blow to part of the Obama administration's climate change legacy.

The court found that the Obama EPA exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Act with a 2015 rule that eliminated some uses for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — which were previously accepted as alternatives to ozone-depleting substances — and approved certain replacements.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sent the rule back to EPA.

"However much we might sympathize or agree with EPA's policy objectives, EPA may act only within the boundaries of its statutory authority. Here, EPA exceeded that authority," Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote for the court.

President Obama had made phasing out HFCs, which were listed as replacements for ozone-depleting substances in 1994, at home and abroad a key part of his administration's plan to address climate change. While short-lived in the atmosphere, HFCs are thousands of times more potent as greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide.

The EPA rule in 2015 effectively banned 38 individual HFCs or HFC blends in 25 uses in four industrial sectors: aerosols, air conditioning for new cars, retail food refrigeration and foam blowing. It was the first of two phaseout rules that EPA issued during the Obama administration (Climatewire, Oct. 3).

Two manufacturers of HFCs — Mexico-based Mexichem Fluor and France-based Arkema SA — sued EPA over the rule. Green groups and manufacturers of HFC replacements backed EPA.

The legal question at the center of the lawsuit was whether EPA could use the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program, a Clean Air Act program geared toward phasing out ozone-depleting substances, to replace HFCs, which do not deplete the ozone layer of the Earth's stratosphere.

The 2015 rule was the first time EPA tried to use SNAP to require the replacement of a non-ozone-depleting substance that had previously been approved by the agency.

While the rule was issued during the Obama administration, the Justice Department under the Trump administration defended the rule in court at oral arguments in February.

DOJ argued then that EPA has authority to revisit its list of replacements for ozone-depleting substances and replace previously approved substitutes that may adversely affect human and environmental health.

At the arguments, Kavanaugh appeared to side with the HFC manufacturers, saying EPA's rule seemed to "pull the rug out" from under companies that invested in HFCs (Greenwire, Feb. 17).

In today's opinion, he noted that the court respected the Obama administration's effort to order the replacement of substances found to contribute to climate change in the absence of congressional action on the issue.

But, Kavanaugh wrote, the law only gives EPA the authority to require manufacturers to "replace" ozone-depleting substances with non-ozone depleting substance. It does not, he said, allow EPA to later require companies to replace non-ozone-depleting substances — such as HFCs — with substitutes based on climate change reasons.

"Although we understand and respect EPA's overarching effort to fill that legislative void and regulate HFCs," Kavanaugh wrote, "EPA may act only as authorized by Congress."

Kavanaugh knocked EPA's interpretation of the word "replace" in the Clean Air Act, writing that the word connotes a one-time action and that the agency stretched the word "beyond its ordinary meaning" in a manner that "borders on the absurd."

"Under EPA's current interpretation of the word 'replace,' manufacturers would continue to 'replace' an ozone-depleting substance with a substitute even 100 years or more from now," Kavanaugh wrote. "EPA would thereby have indefinite authority to regulate a manufacturer's use of that substitute."

But, the judge noted, EPA still possesses several other statutory authorities to phase out HFCs, such as through the Toxic Substances Control Act.

The agency could also bar any manufacturers that still use ozone-depleting substances from switching over to HFCs or issue a "retroactive disapproval" of HFCs under the Clean Air Act if it adequately explains its reasoning.

"Our decision today does not in any way cabin those expansive EPA authorities," Kavanaugh wrote.

The court remanded the rule back to EPA to take action consistent with the opinion.

Judge Janice Rogers Brown, another George W. Bush appointee, joined the decision, while Judge Robert Wilkins, an Obama appointee, dissented in part.

Wilkins wrote that he disagreed with the court's finding that the SNAP Program unambiguously bars EPA from requiring the replacement of HFCs. He wrote that the court erred in finding that the word "replace" in the law only allowed for a one-time substitution of an ozone-depleting substance.

The court should have deferred to the agency since Congress was unclear on the subject and EPA's rule was reasonable, Wilkins wrote.

"I would deny the petition for review on all grounds," Wilkins wrote.

In response to today's ruling, the air conditioning industry said that it was committed to the implementation of global efforts to phase down the use of HFC refrigerants.

"This ruling has significant implications for our industry and we will be monitoring the EPA's response closely," said Stephen Yurek, president and CEO of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, which intervened in the case on behalf of EPA, slammed the court's decision. David Doniger, director of NRDC's climate and clean air program, said the group was "exploring all options for appeal."

Click here to read the court's decision.


ADF & PCD New York 2017

The Southern Aerosol Technical Association has teamed up with 'North America's only dedicated event for the aerosol, dispensing, perfume and cosmetic packaging community' as an official supporter.

Join us as we partner with Aerosol & Dispensing Forum (ADF) 2017, September 6 & 7, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the NAA reception:
September 5, 4:00 - 6:00pm
Fairfield Inn & Suites, New York Manhattan/Chelsea.
116 West 28th Street, New York, New York, 10001

To confirm your attendance please email

About ADF&PCD New York 2017
The show will highlight current trends in the United States, technical advances and innovations in aerosol and tackle eco-design and sustainability issues as well as a presentation from NAA president Greg Johnson.

As a member e would like to invite you to attend ADF&PCD New York, September 6 & 7, 2017 and you can register for free entrance online.

Speakers at the show include brands such as Beiersdorf AG, Kao Europe Research Laboratories, L'Oréal USA, among others, as well as leading contributors, regulatory and industry associations including NAA, Consumer Specialty Products Association, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry and an array of aerosol and dispensing suppliers.

 For more information about ADF&PCD New York 2017 visit


SATA will present three Innovation Awards at the Fall Meeting to companies in the aerosol industry. The SATA Aerosol Innovation Awards are a natural extension of our Mission “To provide forums for the development and sharing of technical, regulatory and marketing information to enhance and promote the growth of the aerosol industry.” This will be accomplished by acknowledging and sharing with our membership new aerosol innovations in the area of:

Advancement in Formulation

Advancement in Regulatory Response

New Pressurized Package Category or Application

Winners will be recognized among a group of peers at the Fall Meeting, featured on the SATA website and in our newsletter. The product being nominated must have launched to trade by October 2015.

Nominations are open online until September 1st. Members and non-Members of SATA are eligible to nominate their own or another company’s product.

There is no limit to the number of nominations you can enter.


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**** Click here to view the SATA photo gallery ****

Elena Badiuzzi handing over gavel to newly elected SATA President, Pierce Pillon


Gene Towns accepts the 2016 SATA Founder's Award for Fred Spohr on behalf of his family as presented by Elena Badiuzzi.



2016 SATA Founder's Awards


Larry Beaver presents Jan Beard with the 2016 SATA Founder's Award in honor of her late husband, Ralph Beard.


1st Annual SATA Innovation Awards


Eric Dann presents the 2016 Innovation Award Advancement in Formulation to Patrick Mallon, ITW Global Tire Repair, for their product Fix-A-Flat.


Eric Dann presents the 2016 Innovation Award Advancement in Regulatory Response to Jason White, Spectrum Brands, for their product Repel.


Eric Dann presents the 2016 Innovation Award New Pressurized Package Category or Application to Doug Leonard, Mission Pharmacal Company, for their product Dr. Smith's Diaper Rash Spray.


Congratulations to the winners of the 1st annual SATA Innovation Awards!


Current Member Companies

ABC Compounding Company
Adams Technology Systems
Admiral Products Inc.
Aerofil Technology Inc.
Aeropres Corporation
Airosol Company Inc.
Aptar Beauty + Home
ARI Packaging
Arylessence Inc.
Axiall Corporation
Ball Corporation
Ball Food & Aerosol 
Bayer Consumer Health
Bengal Products Inc.  
BOV Solutions
Bushman Consulting
Bway Corporation
Cap & Seal Company
Cascade Technologies
CCL Container
Central Life Sciences
Chemours Company, The
Clayton Corporation
Clean Earth Inc. 
Cobra Plastics
CRC Industries
Crown Cork & Seal Company
CyCan Industries

Delkor Systems
Diversified CPC
DS Containers Inc.
Eveready Products Corporation
Exal Corporation
Fareva Richmond
Formulated Solutions
Gebauer Company
Graham Packaging
Haumiller Engineering
ITW Paslode
ITW Pro Brands
ITW Techspray
King Industries
Label Masters
Langguth Labelers
Lindal Group 
McKernan Packaging
Mexichem Fluor
Monson Companies
Nexeo Solutions
Nexreg Compliance Inc.



Palmer Holland
PLZ Aeroscience Corporation
Precision Valve NA
Procter & Gamble Company, The
Rackow Polymers Corporation  
Raymond Regulatory Resources (3R)
Research Solutions Group
RSC Chemical Solutions 
Sea-Land Chemical
SEM Products Inc.
Shield Packaging Company
Southern Aerosols
Spray-Lock Inc.
Spray Quimica
Stepan Company
Summit Packaging
Technical Chemical Company
Terco Inc.
XL Brands
Youngstown Prepress Inc.
Zep Inc.