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  1. 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...

  2. 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...
  3. EPA Sends Proposed TSCA Fee Rule to OMB, Expected to Be Released Publicly in February

    The Environmental Protection Agency has provided the Office of Management and Budget with its proposed rule on collecting industry fees to fund TSCA implementation. The proposed rule allows EPA to defray a portion of the costs of administering the following activities...

  4. OSHA Now Accepting Electronic Submission of 2017 300A Data

    Employers can now begin to electronically report their Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Form 300A data to OSHA through the agency’s Injury Tracking Application. All covered establishments must submit the information by July 1, 2018. Employers can view their submitted CY 2016 Form 300A summary information, but they cannot edit or submit additional 2016 data on this website...

  5. TSCA Litigation- Update and SOCMA Involvement

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is defending against four lawsuits relating to Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) rules published earlier this year. Three of the lawsuits have been consolidated as they all related to the Risk Evaluation and Prioritization rulemakings. The fourth case is related to the TSCA Inventory Reset Rule...
  6. TSCA Public Meetings Highlights, Implementation Updates

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently provided updates on its progress in implementing the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) New Chemicals Review Program during a series of public meetings. During the meetings, industry stakeholders expressed concern with the timeliness of pre-manufacture notice (PMN) reviews, and EPA said the agency is working toward becoming compliant with the 90/180 day review deadline...
  7. Feb. 7 Date Set to Notify EPA of Chemicals in Commerce

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on August 11 published the final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Reset rule. The publication initiated a 180-day reporting period whereby manufacturers must notify EPA of active chemicals in U.S. commerce by February 7, 2018. Chemical processors can voluntarily notify EPA by October 5, 2018...
  8. TSCA Confidential Business Information Guidance

    Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to evaluate claims of proprietary chemical information considered confidential by a submitter. Under TSCA section 14, those making claims generally are required to substantiate assertions of Confidential Business Information (CBI) at the time they it to the agency...
  9. Hirsh Joins SOCMA to Lead Industry Development and Strategic Partnerships

    ARLINGTON, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) is pleased to announce that Paul J. Hirsh has joined the association as Senior Vice President of Industry Development and Strategic Partnerships, where he will drive thought-leadership for the specialty chemical industry and focus on business growth and market building activities in core market segments...

  10. Final Rule Published on Phthalates in Children’s Toys, Child-Care Articles

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on October 27 published its final ruleprohibiting certain phthalate chemicals in children’s toys and child-care articles. Phthalates, used commonly as plasticizers in such items as pacifiers and bottles, make products soft and pliable. The rule goes into effect on April 25, 2018, and requires that children's toys and child-care articles contain no more than 0.1 percent of the following phthalates...
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