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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Specialty Chemical Manufacturers Share Significant Impact of MTB on Small Businesses with Congress
By Bill Allmond, Vice President, Government and Public Relations
If you read the March 29, 2016, blog post, “Will Private Interests Trump Public 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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