NASF Report October 2016: The Surface Technology Environmental Resource Center

NASF will host former Disney executive and acclaimed leadership and management speaker Lee Cockerell at the association’s Leadership Conference next spring.



NASF will host former Disney executive and acclaimed leadership and management speaker Lee Cockerell at the association’s Leadership Conference next spring. Lee retired as the executive vice president of operations for the Walt Disney World Resort after managing a giant organization including 20 resort hotels with over 24,000 guest rooms, four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, the ESPN Sports Complex and more. Prior to joining the Walt Disney World Co., he held various executive positions with the Marriott Corp. and management positions with Hilton Hotels. 

The NASF Leadership Conference will be held at the La Playa Beach and Golf Resort in Naples, Florida, February 26 through March 2, 2017. Planning is underway for the event, so stay tuned for updates through the fall. For questions or more information, please contact Cheryl Clark at, or go to the “events” tab at

"Lee Cockerell is one of the most impressive leaders that I have seen in any environment….. And I have seen some really good ones. Simply put, he is absolutely brilliant. Lee is an inspirational leader who demonstrates a gift for building teams. His ability to communicate his philosophy of leadership in a way that is easily embraced by others is extraordinary. Lee’s strongest traits, however, is that he leads by example. He has been exceptionally successful in every endeavor because he actually lives by those principles outlined in his philosophy. The leadership community will benefit immensely from his thoughts." 

- General Lloyd J. Austin III, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army 



EPA Enforcement for Plating Operations: Reporting on “Manufactured Metal Compounds”

The U.S. EPA recently brought an enforcement action against a surface finishing operation regarding reporting obligations under the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Form R, specifically as it relates to coincidentally manufactured metal compounds. EPA’s enforcement position is not new, dating back nearly a decade. Nonetheless, EPA cited the facility for failing to calculate and document accurately threshold determinations of certain manufactured metal compounds. 

In the process of plating metal onto parts, intermediate metal compounds are formed and unformed through chemical reactions in the plating bath. EPA refers to this as coincidental manufactured of metal compounds. These manufactured metal compounds must be calculated in determining the threshold reporting amounts of chemical compounds that are manufactured, processed or otherwise used. Failing to include these manufactured compounds in your Form R threshold determinations could result in an inaccurate TRI report.

To clarify the complex reporting requirements associated with manufactured metal compounds, NASF has provided guidance and other tools to assist members with this obligation and will be hosting a webinar on the topic this fall. 



New White House Guidance for Permits Calls for Assessing Climate Change Impacts

On August 1, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released final guidance on when federal agencies should consider the impacts from climate change for environmental impact analysis pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For example, permit renewals or construction approvals may trigger the NEPA requirements.

Specifically, the guidance requires federal agencies to evaluate proposed actions for the potential impacts of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change. Each federal agency is to use its own expertise to assess potential impacts and mitigation options. 

Agencies are required to consider reasonable alternatives to reduce action-related GHG and climate change issues and could impose measures that reduce or mitigate GHG emissions or potential climate change impacts before finalizing the proposed action. This guidance demonstrates the Obama Administration’s legacy in elevating the importance of GHG emission and climate change impacts on nearly all related activities.


For more information on either of these topics, please contact Jeff Hannapel with NASF at 



Originally published in the October 2016 issue. 





Editor Pick

The Systems View in Automotive Finishes: Essential, but Overlooked - The 38th William Blum Lecture

This article is a re-publication of the 38th William Blum Lecture, presented at the 84th AES Annual Convention in Detroit, Michigan on June 23, 1997.  This lecture reviews a number of works in automotive finishing R&D in which understanding of the overall system was absolutely essential to success, from classical nickel-chromium plating to work in vacuum/electroplated hybrids for plated plastics, electrogalvanized zinc and hard chromium in stamping dies.