Latest Issues & Advocacy News

01/14/16
SOCMA Members Provide Environmental Feedback on Two Issues to End 2015

In December, we assisted SOCMA member Hydrite with its submission of feedback to the Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel regarding the Risk Management Program (RMP). The SBAR is part of a review process of forthcoming proposed rules to gauge their possible impact on small business; SOCMA is grateful to Hydrite’s Brenda Seggerman for her willingness to participate in this process...

01/14/16
Discussions Under Way to Conference House and Senate TSCA Bills

Bipartisan Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) reform bills - the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, S. 697 and the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, H.R. 2576 - are in the process of being reconciled...

11/12/15
SOCMA Seeks Member Views on Trans-Pacific Partnership

On November 5 the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was made public, and the President officially announced his intent to enter into the agreement.

11/12/15
Time Running Out to Convince Congress to Renew Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

Renewing the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) is important to many SOCMA members and is among SOCMA's top policy priorities. If your company is among those that save thousands, or millions, of dollars in suspended duties under the MTB, we need you to engage your members of Congress right away.

10/29/15
SOCMA Member Bimax Incorporated Hosts Congressman Scott Perry

Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA-4th) visited SOCMA member Bimax Incorporated in Glen Rock, PA, on October 19. Bimax President Ron Kreis, Vice President Chris Sghibartz and Director of EH&S and Government Relations Joe Dettinger welcomed Congressman Perry and Deputy Chief of Staff Bob Reilly and provided them with a tour of Bimax’s R&D laboratories and manufacturing facilities.

10/29/15
Environment Committee Wraps up SOCMA's 2015 Committee Week

The Environment Committee wrapped up SOCMA's successful 2015 Committee Week with speakers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and others.

10/15/15
SOCMA Members Discuss Issues with Key Officials during Committee Week

SOCMA members gathered at our offices in Washington, DC, last week to hear key Obama administration officials and subject-matter experts discuss issues important to the specialty chemical industry.

10/02/15
SOCMA Board Approves Policy Position on Positive Train Control

Reacting to the threat of a rail stoppage due to the rail industry’s inability to fully implement Positive Train Control by a year-end deadline, the SOCMA Board of Governors unanimously approved a policy position on the matter this week at its September meeting.

10/02/15
Action Alert – Urge Congress to Avoid Rail Stoppage of Chemicals

Rail shipment throughout the United States is being threatened in Washington as a result of freight rail companies’ inability to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) by a December 31, 2015, deadline Congress mandated in 2008.

09/17/15
Key Obama Administration Officials to Speak at SOCMA's Committee Week
wo key Obama administration officials, Vanessa Sutherland, new chair of the Chemical Safety Board, and Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, the second in command at OSHA, are heading up an already impressive list of speakers for SOCMA's Committee Week, October 5-8.

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