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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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The $750 Million House Rule and Why Congress Needs to Get Rid of It

Posted: 06/22/15 at 8:15 AM

Bill Allmond, Vice President of Government & Public Relations

Bill Allmond, Vice President, Government and Public RelationsIt’s been 900 days since Congress imposed one of the largest tax hikes on America’s job creators in recently memory. On January 1, 2013, American manufacturers rang in the New Year facing a whopping $750 million tax on imported raw materials for which there is no domestic producer.

The tax hike was the result of an expired provision, known as the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill or MTB, that temporarily suspends a duty on an imported raw material that is not available in the U.S. Companies request these duty suspensions because they help lower the cost of their U.S. production, which can be significant if they must import these critical inputs from overseas. When approved by Congress, a duty suspension greatly reduces manufacturing costs not just for the company requesting it but for any manufacturer that imports those same raw materials on whic...

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To Engage, or Not to Engage: Evaluating a Social Media Crisis

Posted: 05/20/15 at 4:23 PM

By Christopher Lukach, APR, President, Anne Klein Communications Group (AKCG), and Elizabeth Archer, Senior Counselor, AKCG

Reluctant and overcautious managers continue to avoid social media. Because we operate in hyper-regulated industries, we fear risk and exposure. Or we play the “what we don’t know won’t hurt us” version of roulette (“If I don’t know about it, I won’t have to deal with it.”).

Yet, for those of us in the crisis-communications game, there is no more urgent or appropriate playing field than social media channels. In a crisis, social media can be our best friend – a direct means of communication with our key audiences. In other situations, social media can act as the kindling, hosting rumors, misinformation and speculation that can erode the goodwill we work hard to cultivate and maintain.

Crises that originate on social media are multi-layered and complex.  Unlike incidents that play out in “traditional” media, each social media incident must be evaluated for its own unique risk to the site’s operations. How w...

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