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The Demographic Crossroads – Interesting Insights into America’s Future

Posted: 08/03/15 at 8:15 AM

By Jenny Gaines, Senior Manager, Communications and Public Relations

When most of us think about what will have the greatest impact on our future, we first think about money. And over the past decade, we have heard economists give us varying reports ranging from gloom and doom to hopeful optimism. Very few times do we stop and think about how the number of children being born, or not being born, in various countries will impact what’s to come for our nation and the world.

During the recent Bio-Process Systems Alliance (BPSA) 2015 International Single-Use Summit author and speaker Kenneth W. Gronbach shared his perspective about our nation’s future based on demographic data. His presentation (taken from his book), “The Age Curve – How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm,” was part of his keynote address to more than 100 attendees.

Gronbach showed how demographics will impact everything from the housing market and economy to funerals and the pharmaceutical industry, which really ca...

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CFATS–Hitting Its Stride

Posted: 07/20/15 at 8:00 AM

By David Wulf, Director of the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, the office within the Office of Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security  (DHS) that houses the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program

I would like to start by thanking SOCMA for the opportunity to reach its membership of specialty chemical manufacturers, a segment of the population regulated by the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program that—along with SOCMA—has been very supportive of promoting chemical security across the Nation.  

Once again, the Department of Homeland Security is co-sponsoring the annual Chemical Sector Security Summit with the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council on July 21–23, 2015—an effort in which SOCMA has played an in...

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California – 800-Pound Gorilla of TSCA Reform – Overwhelmingly Supports TSCA Modernization Act

Posted: 06/29/15 at 8:54 AM

By Dan Newton, Senior Manager, Government Relations

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform may soon become a reality if the House of Representatives’ easy passage of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) is any indication. The House bill was passed in an incredible 398-1 vote on June 23, an impressive achievement given the contentious subject and in a highly partisan House of Representatives.

What is curiously noteworthy is how California’s representatives voted on H.R. 2576. Of all the states, California is the 800-pound gorilla when it comes to TSCA reform. Given the concerns California Democrats have raised on what have seemed to be irreconcilable issues like preemption, not to mention the fact it is heavily involved in chemicals management (e.g., safer consumer products regulations
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