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SOCMA Meets with White House OMB on Definition of Solid Waste Rule

SOCMA met with the White House Office of Management and Budget on April 11 to discuss the pending Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule.  Joined by ACC, SOCMA utilized the opportunity to stress the issues our members care most about:

  • Support for the retention of the tolling exemption from the 2008 final rule
  • Support for the retention of the newly proposed remanufacturing exclusion for at  least 18 solvents
  • Strong opposition to the proposal to make Legitimacy Criteria 3 and 4 (particularly # 4) mandatory, rather than “factors to be considered”

Despite the limited amount of time available for the meeting, SOCMA addressed all of these issues and more.  SOCMA Environment Committee member Tim Whitaker of Ashland Specialty Ingredients attended the session and provided valuable feedback from the perspective of a member that would be greatly impacted by the rule and these provisions.  

This is only the latest meeting SOCMA has had on the rule.  In mid-March, we raised the issue directly with EPA’s second in command, Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. Last August, SOCMA discussed DSW with the head of
EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), Mathy Stanislaus.  Subsequently, we raised the issue briefly with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy after she addressed SOCMA's Environment Committee in October, and followed up by sending background memos on the issue to the Administrator and EPA staff in December and February 2014.  As you know, DSW has been one of SOCMA's top environmental priorities dating back to the mid-1990s. 

Please contact
Dan Moss or (202) 721-4143 if you have any questions.


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