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 | Alternative Testing Methods Draft Strategic Plan | Public Comment Deadline | April 26, 2018
The US EPA has published its draft strategy for promoting the development and implementation of alternative test methods under the amended TSCA. The agency plans to implement new approach methodologies (NAMs) to reduce, refine or replace vertebrate animal testing by June 22, 2018. In the near-term, EPA will use NAMs for evaluating new chemicals and prioritizing existing ones. After three years, implementation will be ramped up further for prioritization as well as "quantitative risk evaluation". The draft strategy document that was recently published will also be discussed at an EPA public meeting in Washington, DC on 10 April 2018. Read more
EPA | TSCA Fees Rule | Public Comment Deadline | April 27, 2018
EPA has published its proposed TSCA fees which are intended to help EPA defray 25 percent of the costs for the program. This includes costs associated with Section 4 test rules, test orders, and enforceable consent agreements, Section 5 review of new chemical and significant new use applications, and Section 6 risk evaluations. EPA anticipates collecting approximately $20 million in fees each year. The rule also proposes changes to the current threshold for threshold for entities defined as small businesses.
EPA | TSCA Litigation - Inventory Reset and CBI | Filing Deadline | May 3, 2018
Intervenor's (US) brief due, D.C. Circuit
OSHA | The Latest on OSHA’s E-Recordkeeping & Anti-Retaliation Rule | Webinar | May 5, 2018
OSHA’s controversial Electronic Recordkeeping and Anti-Retaliation Rule was promulgated in May 2016. Despite a barrage of negative comments during the rulemaking, multiple enforcement deferrals, and two legal challenges that have been stayed pending the Trump Administration’s re-evaluation of the Rule, all elements of the rule are currently in effect, including limits on post-injury drug testing and incentive programs, and by last December, thousands of employers for the first time submitted their injury and illness recordkeeping data to OSHA through its Injury Tracking Application (ITA) web portal. During this webinar, participants will learn about current data submission and Anti-Retaliation requirements of the E-Recordkeeping Rule, OSHA’s enforcement of the rule, and likely updates to the rule.
USTR | US tariffs on China pursuant to Section 301 | Public Comment Deadline | May 11, 2018
In response to the proposed determination of action pursuant to Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.
USTR | US tariffs on China pursuant to Section 301 | Public Hearing | May 15, 2018
The Section 301 Committee will convene a public hearing in the main hearing room of the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW Washington DC 20436 beginning at 10:00 am.
EPA | TSCA Litigation - Inventory Reset and CBI | Filing Deadline | May 17, 2018
Petitioner's reply brief due, D.C. Circuit
EPA | Clean Water Act Coverage of “Discharges of Pollutants” via a Direct Hydrologic Connection to Surface Water | Comment Deadline | May 21, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency is requesting comment on its previous statements regarding the Clean Water Act (CWA) and whether pollutant discharges from point sources that reach jurisdictional surface waters via groundwater, or other subsurface flow with a direct hydrologic connection to the jurisdictional surface water, may be subject to CWA regulation. EPA is requesting input on whether it should clarify or revise those statements and, if so, how it should provide that clarification or revision. Comments must be received on or before May 21, 2018.
USTR | US tariffs on China pursuant to Section 301 | Filing Deadline | May 22, 2018
Due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments.
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.
SOCMA Letter to President Donald Trump