1. Time For Our ChemStewards® Mid-Year Review

    Each summer SOCMA conducts a mid-year review of its members’ participation in our ChemStewards® environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) performance improvement program and provides an annual update to senior management for informational purposes.
  2. Deadline Extended to Submit Performance Improvement Awards Applications

    ChemStewards has great news for members who have not had a chance to complete their facility’s 2016 Performance Improvement Awards applications. The submission deadline has been extended to August 26. If you are still planning to apply please submit your application before the extended deadline.

  3. EPA Hears from Stakeholders on Initial Rulemakings under New TSCA

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held public meetings August 9-11 on the process for risk-evaluation and prioritization, as well as an industry-only meeting on fee structure.
  4. EPA Renews Information Request on SNURs for Existing Chemicals

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted another information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) on ‘‘TSCA Section 5(a)(2) Significant New Use Rules for Existing Chemicals’’ (EPA ICR No. 1188.13, OMB Control No. 2070–0038). This is a request to renew the approval of an existing ICR.  
  5. Changes Proposed for SNURs and PMNs

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing changes to the Significant New Uses of Chemical Substances regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to align with revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) and changes to the OSHA Respiratory Protections Standard and the NIOSH non-powered air-purifying particulate respirator certification requirements pertaining to respiratory protection of workers from exposure to chemicals.
  6. Lonza Extends Its Reach in the Healthcare Continuum with Acquisition of InterHealth Nutraceuticals

    Basel, Switzerland – Lonza announced today that it has agreed to acquire InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc. (“InterHealth”), a leader in research, development, manufacture and marketing of value-added nutritional ingredients for use in dietary supplements, based in Benicia, CA (USA). InterHealth is a portfolio company of Kainos Capital.
  7. Trade Comes Under Scrutiny from Both Candidates in 2016 Presidential Election

    With the 2016 Presidential Election just a few months away, trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would greatly benefit specialty chemical manufacturers, have come under scrutiny from both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.
  8. SOCMA President Lawrence D. Sloan to Leave Association for Position with Professional Society

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) today announced that President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan will be leaving the association in mid-October to accept a position with the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals.
  9. SOCMA International Trade Committee to Meet in Charleston, SC

    SOCMA's International Trade Committee will hold a breakfast meeting from 8:00-9:30 AM on September 9, 2016, in conjunction with the ChemAgro trade show in Charleston, SC.
  10. VanDeMark Chemical Appoints Larry Grubb as Vice President of Global Sales & Business Development

    VanDeMark Chemical, Inc., Lockport, New York USA announces the appointment of Larry Grubb as Vice President of Global Sales & Business Development. He will have supervisory responsibility for the entire sales staff of both VanDeMark and Framochem Kft, Kazincbarcika, Hungary.
  11. SOCMA Urges Passage of Trans-Pacific Partnership

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) today announced its support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would reduce tariffs and other trade barriers and level the playing field for specialty chemical manufactures in the global market.  
  12. 2016 Presidential Election Could Significantly Impact Specialty Chemical Industry

    Now that the Democratic and Republican conventions are finally over, and after months of almost torturous debate, we can officially declare Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump the official Democratic and Republican presidential nominees.
  13. Solution Partners Announces Selection of New Cloud-Based Microsoft Dynamics AX by Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    SOLUTION PARTNERS/BIOTECH DYNAMICS (OVERLAND PARK, KS).  Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has selected Microsoft’s newest release of the feature rich Dynamics AX business application in anticipation of supporting operations as Adamas progresses from clinical trials to the commercial launch of the company’s first medicine.
  14. Comments on New Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Process Due August 9

    The International Trade Commission (ITC) is accepting comments on the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill process, and SOCMA is asking members to submit comments by close of business on August 9, 2016, to Brittany Mountjoy, Please visit the ITC website for up-to-date information on the petition process and timing.
  15. New Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Process Webinar Slides Now Available

    For those of you who missed last week’s webinar on the new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Process (MTB), you can access the recording here.
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