1. Women Leaders Storm the Hill

    I recently joined a group of strong female leaders in government relations on Capitol Hill. Women in Government Relations (WGR) is an association of more than 1,200 professionals who share the common belief that women can benefit from an association built on the ideals of empowering other women.
  2. Lonza Publishes Annual Report 2016 and Invitation to the 2017 Annual General Meeting

    Lonza today announced that it has published its Online Annual Report 2016 and its invitation to the Annual General Meeting 2017, which will take place on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. CEST, at the Congress Center Messe Basel, Messeplatz 21, 4058 Basel, Switzerland...

  3. Solvay to acquire all renewable energy certificates from 71.4 MW U.S. Solar Farm for 15 years

    Solvay has agreed to buy all the renewable energy certificates (RECs*) for 15 years from the largest solar farm yet to be built in South Carolina (SC), United States, underscoring the Group’s global sustainability commitment...
  4. Notice of Merger of Tosoh Consolidated Subsidiaries

    Tosoh is pleased to announce that, effective October 1, 2017, its wholly owned subsidiaries Tosoh Finechem Corporation, Tosoh F-Tech, Inc., and Tosoh OrganicChemical Co., Ltd., will merge. Tosoh Finechem Corporation will be the surviving entity. Each of the three subsidiaries develops, produces, and sells organic compounds of distinct characteristics...
  5. Changing International Landscape

    The New Administration has been busy these last two months, meeting with heads of state, issuing more than 20 executive orders, and getting ready for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). However, several meetings that could have direct impact on trade relationships and SOCMA member companies have occurred.
  6. 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...
  7. A Closer Look into ChemStewards Performance Metrics

    An essential element of any environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) improvement program is the measure of existing and future performance, and capturing facility metrics year-to-year should be standard...
  8. Increased Importance Placed on Process Safety

    Over the past several years, process safety has become increasingly important, especially in the chemical industry. Today companies, both large and small, put a premium on improving their process safety performance. As an advocate of process safety, ChemStewards® believes its importance to the individual, organization and community should be understood by all employees. And, everyone should have an awareness of his/her responsibilities with respect to their process safety performance...

  9. ChemStewards Announces New Excellence Tier Application Process

    Washington, D.C. - ChemStewards®, the environmental, health, safety and security management program for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), is pleased to announce a new process for members applying for the program's highest honor, the Excellence Tier.
  10. ‘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...
  11. Tips for a Successful Fly-In on Capitol Hill

    Thanks to help from you, our SOCMA members, specialty chemical manufacturers saw some big legislative wins in 2016. But our work on Capitol Hill is far from done. Many of you are currently preparing for the trip to Washington, D.C., for SOCMA’s 10th Annual Washington Fly-In, where you will share issues important to your business and our innovative sector. The Fly-In, set for April 25-26, is a unique opportunity for you to engage with lawmakers and share your stories in face-to-face meeting with members of Congress...  
  12. Contract Manufacturing – How the ChemStewards Portal can help your Company Succeed

    ChemStewards® is always looking for ways to help members with their bottom line. For many members, customer audits by companies like BASF and DuPont happen often. With lean organizational structures ChemStewards members cannot always conduct frequent and efficient audits. To assist our members in the supply chain management process, the Company Repository of the ChemStewards Portal will help companies save time and money.
  13. SOCMA Supports EPA's Delay of RMP Rule

    Monday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt delayed implementation of the Risk Management Plan (RMP) until June 19, 2017.
  14. Tosoh Quartz Receives Intel’s 2016 Preferred Quality Supplier Award

    Tosoh Quartz, Inc. has been recognized by Intel as a 2016 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award winner. The PQS award celebrates exceptional, persistent performance and the continuous pursuit of excellence. Suppliers have exceeded expectations and performance goals in quality, cost, availability, technology, customer service, labor and ethics systems, and environmental sustainability...
  15. TSCA, International Regulations and Contract Manufacturing Focus of Special SME Track at GlobalChem

    With the groundbreaking passage of bipartisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform last year, implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA) was a key topic of interest at the 2017 Global Chemical Regulations Conference (GlobalChem), held February 22-24, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. There was also no shortage of interest about emerging international regulations, especially with the approaching 2018 REACh registration deadline.

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