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  1. 90 Day Count Down: NAFTA Renegotiation

    Last week, newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sent the final North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) notification letter to Congress. The notification letter from the Trump Administration indicating the Administration’s intent to begin the process for modernizing the NAFTA is just one of the required steps laid out in the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA)...
  2. EPA Extends the Comment Period for its Request for Public Comment on Standards for “Small Manufacturers and Processors” for TSCA Reporting

    As required by section 8(a)(C) of the amended Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), EPA posted a notice for public comment on December 15 on the standards for “small manufacturers and processors” used in connection with reporting regulations under TSCA section 8(a)... 
  3. EPA to Host Meeting and Solicit Comments on Assignment and Application of Unique Identifiers Under Section 14 of TSCA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notification on May 8 in the Federal Register stating that a meeting will be held to elicit public input on approaches for assigning and applying Unique Identifiers (UID)...

  4. SOCMA ITC Update: The Commission Intends to Re-open its MTB Portal for Additional, Limited Public Comments

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has announced that it intends to re-open its on-line MTB portal to allow members of the public to submit additional, limited public comments on certain petitions for duty suspensions and tariff reductions...
  5. SOCMA Members Create Meaningful Dialogue with Lawmakers During Fly-In

    SOCMA members held meetings with lawmakers and their staff on Capitol Hill April 26 during the association's 10th Annual Washington Fly-In...

  6. Efficiency of New Chemicals Process under New TSCA Continues to Suffer

    As EPA continues to implement the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the “new” TSCA as we have called it, and develop watershed framework rules, many in industry have mounting concerns about the direction of the new chemicals review process, which drastically changed upon enactment of the new legislation on June 22, 2016.
  7. SOCMA to Confer with Lawmakers About Issues Impacting Specialty Chemical Manufacturers

    ARLINGTON, VA - SOCMA members will embark on Capitol Hill April 25-26 to engage lawmakers on key issues important to their businesses and the specialty chemical industry as part of SOCMA's 10th Annual Washington Fly-In.

  8. Many States Continuing to Introduce Their Own Chemical Policy Bills

    Despite last year’s passage of the “new” Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a broadly supported bipartisan piece of legislation that is a clearly stronger chemical control law than the law it amended, and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA’s) very precautionary interpretation of it thus far, there will continue to be a lingering misunderstanding about chemicals, and the role they play in our society. Chemophobia will persist and continue, as will activity in the states...
  9. ‘New’ TSCA Faces Growing Pains

    After the groundbreaking passage of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on June 22, 2016, much of SOCMA’s advocacy focus shifted to the regulatory side of things, making recommendations we believe will help ensure successful implementation of the “new” TSCA. While SOCMA supported passage of the bipartisan legislation, there have been notable challenges with implementation early on...
  10. SOCMA Reaches Out to President Trump, Stresses Importance of Specialty Chemical Industry to U.S. Economy

    ARLINGTON, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump, introducing him to the specialty chemical industry and thanking him for his focus on small business, jobs and the economy.

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