SOCMA's 2016 Committee Week Recap

November 1-3, 2016
SOCMA Offices
Washington, DC

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SOCMA members heard from a host of key agency officials and subject-matter experts during the association's Annual Committee Week, November 1-3, at the SOCMA offices in Washington, DC. SOCMA's Chemical Risk Management, Safety and Security and Environment Committees all met during the week not only to hear updates on top issues facing the industry but also to help shape advocacy priorities for the coming year.

Committee Week is held each year to give SOCMA members an opportunity to meet face-to-face with Washington decision-makers to ask questions and share their concerns about many laws and regulations that impact their businesses.

The Chemical Risk Management Committee kicked off the week with special guest speaker Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), discussed the agency’s implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). During the meeting concerns were raised about new chemicals, among other issues. Despite ongoing reports from industry of delays, since enactment she made some remarks about progress the agency is making in more expeditiously getting through a backlog of new chemical submissions.

Highlighting the Safety and Security Committee speakers was Jordan Barab, second in command at OSHA, who discussed the Process Safety Management rulemaking, among other issues. The committee also heard from Department of Homeland Security Director David Wulf, who shared information on the new tiering methodology and personnel surety program associated with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.

Finishing up the week, the Environment Committee welcomed several EPA officials, including Acting Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg, Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus with the agency's Office of Land and Emergency Management and Betsy Southerland, Director for the Office of Science and Technology in EPA's Office of Water. The committee also heard from Tawny Bridgeford, Deputy General Counsel, National Mining Association. Key topics of discussion for the meeting included:

  • The Risk Management Program (RMP)
  • CERCLA 108(b)
  • RCRA Corrosivity Petition
  • Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rulemaking
  • Spill Prevention and Hazardous Substances

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