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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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Learn Latest Trends in EHS&S, Operational Excellence at SOCMA Regional Roundtables

Posted: 03/21/16 at 9:13 AM

By Molly Kolodzinski, Senior Manager, ChemStewards

With spring now here, the ChemStewards® team is gearing up for our bi-annual Regional Roundtables that will kick off April 20 in Houston, TX. With our members located in various areas across the country, the Roundtables are a great opportunity for SOCMA members to network with chemical industry peers, discuss the latest trends and methodologies used in the industry today to create a safe and secure manufacturing environment, and learn about our ChemStewards® Performance Improvement Awards Program, all near their home facilities.

We are particularly excited about a new caveat that will be a part of our Regional Roundtables this year. Our member companies are continuously working to not only improve their EHS&S processes but the overall operatio...

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