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Alert: California Solicits Input on Consultation Process for Toxicity of Nickel, PFOS and TCE

A key California regulatory agency, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), launched a 45-day public comment period and Continue...

Maine Removes Nickel Metal from List of 49 Worst Chemicals, Keeps Nickel Compounds

The State of Maine formally announced in late August that it was removing metallic nickel from its list of 49 “Chemicals of High Concern.” Continue...

NASF Meets with EPA on Metals Discharge Rule for Surface Treatment, EU Panel Urges Update on Metals Discharge Limits

NASF recently held discussions with EPA Office of Water officials to discuss the agency’s effort to update wastewater limits for surface Continue...

Conflict Mineral Disclosure Requirements Ruled Unconstitutional

As part of federal legislation enacted in 2010, certain companies that use conflict minerals (i.e., gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten that Continue...

Federal Court Blocks Implementation of New “Waters of the U.S.” Rule in Thirteen States

As many in the industry know, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued a final rule Continue...

Advancing a Sustainable Future

Have you turned on your lights lately, used the Internet or your portable phone, commuted to work or visited your doctor? You may not realize it, but you’ve relied on surface finishing. Millions of products we use every day are “finished” with some form of coatings technology, through processes and chemistries that are often not well-understood and appreciated for their vital role in manufacturing.

Surface technology adds value to products by making them last longer, look better or perform in ways that would otherwise be impossible. In this way, we contribute to the nation’s productivity, improve our quality of life and enhance our safety and security. Industries that use a range of surface finishing technologies include: electronics, automotive, aerospace and defense, energy, medical, agriculture, construction, tools and dies, shipbuilding, steel, plumbing and household appliances.

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) is a trade association whose mission is to promote and advance a sustainable future for the North American surface finishing industry.

The association represents the business, technical and scientific, and educational interests of the industry as well as the advocacy efforts of the surface technology community in North America. The AESF Foundation is part of the NASF and focuses exclusively on the technical, education and research programs that reflect innovation in the field.

NASF in Your Area

NASF Chapters are an excellent way to connect with others in the surface finishing industry. Chapters are local groups of NASF members that connect through face to face networking and education to advance the surface finishing industry.

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Joining NASF is Easy!

If you are involved in the surface finishing community, NASF membership applies to you. Learn more about how you can get involved and join today.

For more information, contact Phil Assante, NASF Member Relations, at or call 703.887.7235.