Legislative & Regulatory Overview

2017 SOCMA Legislative & Regulatory Calendar 
Updates to keep you on track with all the latest legislative and regulatory developments affecting the specialty chemical industry

Clean Power Plan (CPP) Repeal Proposal | Public Meeting | Nov. 28 
On October 16, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposal to announce its intention to repeal the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, commonly referred to as the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The proposal also requested public comment on the proposed rule , which has been extended for an extra 32 days. Read more

Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Rule | Regulatory Deadline | Dec. 1 2017
OSHA intends to issue a proposal to reconsider, revise, or remove provisions of the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule (81 Fed. Reg. 29,624). In June, the agency pushed back the deadline for enforcement of the rule, which, among other things required certain employers to electronically report injuries and illness via an online portal. The new deadline is Dec. 1, but OSHA has said it is working on revisions of the rule, which could be released this fall. An appropriations bill that has passed in the House of Representatives (H.R. 3354) includes an amendment that would eliminate funding for the rule. The amendment isn't included in the Senate version of the bill. Read more in the Bloomberg BNA EHS Quarterly Review Third Quarter 2017.

TSCA New Chemicals Review Process Meeting | Public Meeting | Dec. 6 2017 
This meeting will focus on the implementation of the New Chemicals Review Program. EPA will provide an update on the Agency’s progress and hold a discussion of the draft New Chemicals Decision-Making Framework. Read more 

Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Rule | Optional Reporting Deadline | Dec. 9 2017
Those wishing to submit information on use and exposure for five persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals indentified by the EPA or information that could alter the agency's preliminary conclusion that these are PBT substances must do so by Dec. 9. The agency will use this information to determine whether to issue rules reducing exposures to these substances, which it must propose by a statutory deadline of June 19, 2019. Read more in the Bloomberg BNA EHS Quarterly Review Third Quarter 2017. 

TSCA Prioritization Process Meeting | Public Meeting | Dec. 11 2017
This meeting will focus on possible approaches for identifying potential candidate chemical substances for EPA’s prioritization process under TSCA. Read more

SOCMA’s Government Relations staff acts as a voice for our members on Capitol Hill and in the many regulatory agencies, working to promote understanding of the impact of laws and regulations on the chemical industry's ability to compete in world markets. SOCMA influences proposed and pending laws and regulations by advocating sound science as the basis for regulation and by working to promote responsible alternatives to sometimes costly government actions.

SOCMA supports public policy initiatives that promote cost-effective pollution prevention, competitiveness and operational flexibility. We also support the public’s right to know about the benefits, safety and risks associated with our chemicals and will continue to ensure that information provided to the public does not conflict with national security obligations.

Our Government Relations staff is responsible for keeping members informed of relevant legislative initiatives and recommending appropriate actions to SOCMA’s Board of Governors. We regularly host programs and events, as well as develop products and services, to inform our members about legislative and regulatory developments and help their facilitate timely compliance. We encourage all SOCMA members to participate in Government Relations committees as a way to stay informed and involved in the legislative and regulatory issues that affect specialty chemical manufacturers. By participating in a committee our members have opportunities for professional development and leadership among their peers.

Learn more about SOCMA Government Relations, here.

SOCMA Letter to President Donald Trump

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