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SOCMA Welcomes EPA’s Principles on Chemicals Management

QUESTIONS ADOPTION OF SAFETY STANDARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2009

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Christine Sanchez
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Washington, DC – SOCMA today welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) long-awaited release of its principles on chemicals management reform, while questioning the proposed safety standard and how it would be implemented.

“SOCMA shares Administrator Lisa Jackson’s intent to strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and applauds the agency for focusing on improving the existing framework and resisting attempts by industry critics to adopt the monolithic European approach known as REACH,” said Bill Allmond, Vice President of Government Relations and ChemStewards.

“We recognize that implementing a ‘safety standard’  is a noble concept, but are skeptical about how it will be accomplished considering that other federal agencies have jurisdiction over determining safety,” he added.

By examining other statutes, one can surmise that making a safety determination can be very time consuming and burdensome for the agency. Such a move could unnecessarily delay the introduction of new products into the marketplace and increase the cost of doing business.

SOCMA believes the agency could be further on its way to achieving this goal if it had kept the Chemical Assessment and Management Program (ChAMP) moving forward.

“We look forward to working with EPA, as we have for decades, on improving our nation's chemicals management program, one that recognizes the need to keep up with today's data availability and technology without hamstringing the industry's ability to innovate and produce new products that are safer and greener and sustain our way of life,” Allmond continued.

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