SOCMA Calls on EPA to Continue Work on ChAMP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2009
Manager, Public Relations & Media
Washington, DC – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to uphold the Agency’s commitment to prioritizing chemicals for developing screening-level hazard, exposure, and risk characterizations for an estimated 6,750 chemicals produced or imported in quantities of 25,000 pounds or greater a year. SOCMA is concerned with the Agency’s explanation that it plans to “ramp up efforts” through its Chemical Assessment and Management Program (ChAMP) by suspending its activities.
“We urge EPA to not delay the forward progress it has been making under ChAMP,” said Bill Allmond, SOCMA’s Vice President of Government Relations and ChemStewards. “We applaud the Agency for wishing to strengthen its chemicals management program, but we’re concerned that, in order to do so, they’re stopping it altogether.”
“We hope that EPA’s evaluation of ChAMP will be brief and maintain the program’s original intent,” he added.
Some SOCMA members are reportedly still working with EPA on exposure characterizations through ChAMP. This week’s announcement by the Agency, however, is creating confusion over how or whether to continue activities already begun by industry in this effort.
“We look forward to hearing more from EPA in understanding how we can continue to work in partnership to fulfill Administrator Lisa Jackson’s commitment to ‘ramp up’ its ChAMP activities,” Allmond said.
SOCMA is the leading trade association, serving the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry since 1921. SOCMA’s nearly 300 members employ more than 100,000 workers across the country and produce 50,000 products valued at $60 billion annually. For more information please visit www.socma.com.
ChemStewards® is SOCMA’s flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program. ChemStewards was created from industry’s commitment to reducing the environmental footprint left by member’s facilities. Industry created ChemStewards to meet the unique needs of the batch, custom, and specialty chemical industry. As a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of synthetic and organic chemicals, ChemStewards is helping participants reach for superior EHS&S performance. To learn more visit www.chemstewards.com.
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