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  1. SOCMA Weighs in on Administrations NAFTA Negotiations

    On July 17, the Administration announced its negotiating objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  The announcement is the start of a critical negotiation process, and we have the opportunity to strengthen the rules and secure the strongest possible tools to enforce those rules...


  2. SOCMA Weighs in on Administrations NAFTA Negotiations

    On July 17, the Administration announced its negotiating objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  The announcement is the start of a critical negotiation process, and we have the opportunity to strengthen the rules and secure the strongest possible tools to enforce those rules...


  3. SOCMA Welcomes EPA Move to Delay Risk Management Program Rule

    ARLINGTON, VA - The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) applauds the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) move to further delay the effective date of the Risk Management Program (RMP).

  4. 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)...
  5. SOCMA Shares Key Issues Impacting Batch Manufacturing with New EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

    Arlington, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) and members of its Board of Governors met with newly appointed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt on May 24 to introduce the specialty chemical sector to new EPA leadership and open dialogue about issues of importance to batch chemical manufacturers.

  6. 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)... 
  7. 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)...

  8. 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...
  9. 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...

  10. 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.
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