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  1. SOCMA Advocates for Implementation of a Fair, Efficient and Effective TSCA User Fees Program

    SOCMA today issued the following statement, as well as extensive public comments, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed rule for User Fees for the administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA):
  2. SOCMA Members to Promote the Specialty Chemical Industry with Lawmakers, Regulators

    ARLINGTON, VA – Members of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates(SOCMA) will visit Capitol Hill on June 5-6 for the Specialty Chemical Industry Fly-in, where they will share key insights about the industry and how government policies impact their ability to remain competitive and positively influence the U.S. economy.
  3. SOCMA Urges Passage of Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

    On April 17, Senate Republican and Democratic leadership 'hotlined' an amended version of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Act of 2018, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 4318) 402-0 on January 16...
  4. SOCMA: Proposed China Tariffs to Impact Specialty Chemical Industry

    ARLINGTON, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) today responded to an announcement by China that it plans to impose tariffs on billions of dollars in U.S. exports, including chemicals, in retaliation to the recent proposed U.S. tariffs on Chinese aluminum, steel and other products. Jennifer Abril, SOCMA President and CEO, issued the following statement:
  5. President Requests Extension to Trade Promotion Authority

    President Trump formally requested that Congress extend Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), aka "Fast Track," on March 20. TPA, last renewed in 2015, expires July 1. Thus, if neither chamber passes an extension disapproval resolution by June 30, TPA will extend three years and apply to agreements entered into before July 1, 2021...
  6. How Will TSCA User Fees Impact Your Company?

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its proposed TSCA Fees rule, which may impact companies in the PERFORMANCE and AGRICULTURAL CHEMICALS SECTORS. 
  7. SOCMA Expresses Concern with Expansion of DHS Personnel Surety Program

    The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) recently submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expressing concern about the proposed expansion of background checks as part of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Personnel Surety Program (PSP).

  8. SOCMA Commends Passage of GSP Renewal in House

    On the evening of February 13, 2018, the US House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) by vote of 400-2. The trade preference program, which last expired on December 31, 2017, will provide a three-year retroactive renewal through to December 31, 2020. This recent legislation will impact all our SOCMA members in the pharmaceutical, agricultural and performance chemicals sectors...
  9. EPA Reverses "Once In, Always In" Clean Air Act Policy

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a guidance memorandum announcing its withdrawal of their “once in always in” policy for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants under section 112 of the Clean Air Act...

  10. SOCMA Files Comments on EPA's New Chemicals Program & Pre-Prioritization

    SOCMA has submitted extensive public comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its implementation of the New Chemicals Review Program and on its development of approaches for Pre-Prioritization under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act...
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