1. TSCA II - An Improvement Over Current Law? Only if it promotes innovation….

    I think we can all agree that the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, as the TSCA reform bill is called, is an improvement over current law. At least it appears to be, big picture. This was an obvious question to ask ourselves to determine whether or not to support the legislation. It seems to be a common sentiment.
  2. SOCMA to hold Off-the-Record Call with USTR Negotiators on Trans-Pacific Partnership

    SOCMA is hosting a MEMBERS ONLY call to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with two U.S. Trade Representative negotiators on May 31 from 1:30-3:00 PM (EST).
  3. SOCMA Environment Committee Meets, Discusses Key EPA Rulemakings

    The Environment Committee held the first of its two annual in-person meetings at SOCMA on May 19.  This meeting was held in conjunction with, and immediately following, our 90-minute educational session on batch processing and process safety with senior EPA officials.
  4. New Updates Now Available for ChemStewards Chemical Operator Training Manual

    SOCMA has officially released the latest version of the ChemStewards Chemical Operator Training Manual, which can be downloaded at
  5. Grants to Help Identify and Prevent Workplace Hazards for High-Risk, Vulnerable Workers

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is soliciting applications under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.
  6. Applications for 2016 Performance Improvement Awards Now Being Accepted

    ChemStewards® is now accepting applications for the 2016 Performance Improvement Awards. The awards are a golden opportunity to promote your company's excellence to SOCMA members and clients, gain media exposure and join an elite class of chemical companies.

  7. Final ChemStewards Regional Roundtable set for June 22 in Houston

    Are you ready for the 2016 ChemStewards® Regional Roundtable on June 22 in Houston, TX? The final session of our regional meetings will feature discussions on topics such as current environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) trends, the latest updates on ChemStewards, thought leadership on plant operations, key performance indicators, managing near-miss programs and third-party audits. The all-day event also features a special afternoon session on achieving operational excellence at the plant level.
  8. SOCMA Applauds House Vote on TSCA Reform Legislation

    Washington, D.C. – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) today applauds the House of Representatives for passage of compromise legislation for reforming the nation’s chemical control law – the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan issued the following statement on the House vote on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act:
  9. McGean Hosts 2016 ChemStewards Regional Roundtable

    Representatives from SOCMA member companies gathered in Cleveland, OH, last week for the ChemStewards® Regional Roundtables to share best practices, discuss current environmental health, safety and security (EHS&S) trends, receive updates on ChemStewards issues, and provide insight on plant operations, key performance indicators, managing near-miss programs and third-party audits, among other issues.
  10. SOCMA Members Meet with Key EPA Officials about Batch Processing Safety

    More than a dozen SOCMA members and staff met with key officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week for a batch processing and process safety educational exchange. Following recent statements in some of the agency’s published documents, SOCMA was particularly concerned EPA may not fully understand the nature of batch processing, or how batch processors address process safety.
  11. New Leadership Team Transforming KMCO, LLC

    A transformation is taking place at KMCO under a new management team led by President and CEO John Foley. From strengthening the company’s health, safety, security and environmental programs to implementing a new employee incentive plan, the pieces are being put in place to move the company forward.
  12. President’s Signing of New MTB Law Huge Victory for Specialty Chemical Manufacturers

    Washington, D.C. – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) on Friday celebrated President Obama’s signing into law the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (H.R. 4923), bipartisan legislation that would create a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process to eliminate tariffs on inputs and other products that aren’t produced or available in the United States.

  13. SOCMA Welcomes TSCA Reform Compromise

    Washington, D.C. – Another milestone has been reached in reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as the House of Representatives and Senate agreed this week on final legislation, a move applauded by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA).
  14. QuadFoam NeXGen the First Spray Foam Insulation System to Pass NFPA285 with Next Generation HFO Blowing Agent Technology

    St. Louis – Accella Polyurethane Systems, an industry leading manufacturer of spray foam insulation and coatings, today announced its QuadFoam® NeXGen® medium-density closed-cell spray foam has recently passed the NFPA 285 full-scale fire test using the newest liquid blowing agent.
  15. A Vaccine to Counter the Epidemic of Prop 65 Lawsuits: Insurance

    Today, more than 900 chemicals are listed as carcinogens or reproductive toxins under California’s notorious Proposition 65 (Prop65) program. Included on that list are certain chemicals critical to the production of flexible PVC, including the phthalate DEHP and, most recently, DINP. These phthalates are essential plasticizers used in hundreds of consumer, medical and industrial products, and both DEHP and DINP have decades of scientific data indicating their safety. However, once a chemical is included on the list, as in the recent case of DINP, plasticized vinyl products are subject to immediate scrutiny by a sector of the legal profession known as plaintiff’s attorneys, or “bounty hunters.”
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