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2016 ChemStewards Regional Roundtables in Full Swing

Posted: 05/02/16 at 11:12 AM

The 2016 ChemStewards Regional Roundtables are in full swing, and SOCMA members from around the country are gathering to share best practices on issues such as process safety, near-miss programs and third-party audits, among other ChemStewards-related issues. The first Roundtable took place last week in Greenville, SC., and SOCMA members are meeting this week in Philadelphia at the Chemical Heritage Foundation for round two. Roundtables are also planned in the Cleveland, Ohio, area at SOCMA member company McGean on May 11, and the Houston Roundtable, which was rained out earlier this spring, has been rescheduled for June 22 at the Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria.

There’s still time to register for the upcoming Roundtables in your area. Contact the
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Continuing Saga over Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Costly for SOCMA Members

Posted: 04/19/16 at 12:02 PM

Specialty Chemical Manufacturers Share Significant Impact of MTB on Small Businesses with Congress

By Brittany Mountjoy, Manager, Government Relations
 
After four long years of waiting and anticipation, both the Senate

and House of Representatives last week introduced mirror bills that proposeda plan to move forward and revamp the process for enacting the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). Brooke DiDomenico, an engineer and production manager at
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Will a Threat to Chemical Innovation Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory on TSCA Reform?

Posted: 03/31/16 at 11:27 AM

By Bill Allmond, Vice President, Government and Public Relations

If you read the March 29, 2016, blog post, “Will Private Interests Trump Bill Allmond, Vice President, Government and Public RelationsPublic Ones When It Comes to Our Right to Know Under TSCA?” by Dr. Richard Denison of the Environmental Defense Fund, you would come away thinking the chemical industry has never publicly disclosed information about health and safety studies, never publicly relinquished any confidential business information (CBI) on chemicals, and never been required to substantiate CBI claims with EPA. In fact, the industry has done, and continues to do, all of those things – and has been publicly recognized by EPA for it. That’s why it is often not what Dr. Denison says in his blog that is important to know, but what he doesn’t say.

For example, Dr. Denison’s attack on CBI language in the House TSCA reform bill leads one to believe that the public would receive NO information about a chemical under the bill. That’s simply false. As passed, the House bill would require EPA to make generic chemical names and health and safety data (i.e.,...

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