SOCMA Commends EPA for Launch of Smart Sectors Program


Jenny Gaines
Director, Marketing and Communications
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Association looks forward to sharing insight about specialty chemical manufacturing

ARLINGTON, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates today commends Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt for launching the Smart Sectors Program, a partnership between industry and the agency that focuses on improving environmental outcomes while supporting economic growth. 

SOCMA President and CEO Jennifer Abril and Government Relations Managing Director Robert F. Helminiak were among a host of trade association partners who joined EPA staff on Tuesday for the program's kick-off ceremony.  

"We commend Administrator Pruitt for revitalizing a program that encourages open dialogue between industry and EPA about how regulations impact the innovative nature of our members' businesses and their ability to remain competitive," said Abril. "SOCMA is ready to support the Smart Sectors Program and represent the specialty batch chemical industry. Our association was an active participant in Sector Strategies, an earlier iteration of the program, and we look forward to sharing more about the uniqueness of our sector with EPA as we move forward."  

According to EPA, the Smart Sectors Program will "re-examine how EPA engages with industry in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden, create certainty and predictability, and improve the ability of both EPA and industry to conduct long-term regulatory planning while also protecting the environment and public health."


Since 1921 SOCMA has represented a diverse membership of chemical companies located around the world bringing world-class support uniquely tailored to enhance the operational excellence of our member companies. SOCMA is the only U.S.-based trade association dedicated solely to the specialty chemical industry, making us the leading authority on this sector. For more information, visit

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