Legislative & Regulatory Overview

2018 SOCMA Legislative & Regulatory Calendar 
Updates to keep you on track with all the latest legislative and regulatory developments affecting the specialty chemical industry

EPA | TSCA Litigation - Prioritization and Risk Evaluation | Filing deadline | July 5, 2018 
EPA's brief due (consolidated answering brief), 9th Cir.

OSHA | New Cal/OSHA Issues California Employers Must Track | Webinar | July 10, 2018 
The state of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, is perhaps the most aggressive and enforcement-heavy approved state OSH Program in the nation.  California employers face a host of requirements that other employers around the country do not.  Likewise, the Cal/OSHA inspection and appeal process creates several unique landmines for California employers. Of particular significance, in the coming year, California employers can expect an uptick in Cal/OSHA penalties as result of two significant changes, one adopting higher maximum penalty authority and the other changing how the agency finds and cites violations characterized as Repeat. Webinar participants will learn about the top Cal/OSHA Violations and Trends in Cal/OSHA Enforcement.
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EPA | Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science | Public Hearing | July 17, 2018 

The meeting concerns a regulation intended to strengthen the transparency of EPA regulatory science. The proposed regulation provides that when EPA develops regulations, including regulations for which the public is likely to bear the cost of compliance, with regard to those scientific studies that are pivotal to the action being taken, EPA should ensure that the data underlying those are publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation. In this notice, EPA solicits comment on this proposal and how it can best be promulgated and implemented in light of existing law and prior Federal policies that already require increasing public access to data and influential scientific information used to inform federal regulation. 
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About SOCMA Government Relations

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.

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