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  1. SOCMA Highlights Importance of Keeping TSCA New Chemicals Program on Track

    Upon enactment of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on June 22, 2016 EPA immediately started carrying out its mandate, despite the many implementing rules it needs to get in place first.  Two areas of particular interest to SOCMA members, the treatment of new chemicals and confidential business information changed as of enactment...
  2. EPA is Soliciting Nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

    EPA is calling for nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Nominations for companies and institutions that have developed innovative processes or products...

  3. EPA to take Expedited Action on 5 Substances under new TSCA

    The Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) recently announced it is taking expedited action on five chemicals as mandated by the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) law. The five chemicals to receive expedited action are... 

  4. SOCMA Submits Comments on 2 of 3 OSHA Guidance Documents for PSM

    On September 30, SOCMA’s Safety & Security Committee submitted comments on two of three OSHA guidance documents for Process Safety Management (PSM) covered industries -- Small Business Guidelines for Compliance, and Storage Facilities Guidelines for Compliance...
  5. IRCN to Become Full SOCMA Committee in 2017

    The International Regulatory Compliance Network (IRCN), currently a SOCMA affiliate group, will be become a full SOCMA Committee starting in 2017 due to increased interest by SOCMA members. The IRCN currently provides information to members (and non-SOCMA members)...

  6. Statements of Findings for September 2016 on Certain New Chemicals or Significant New Uses

    Section 5(g) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to publish in the Federal Register a statement of its findings after its review of TSCA section 5(a) notices when EPA makes a finding that a new chemical substance or significant new use is not likely to present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment... 


  7. SOCMA Submits Supplemental Comments on TSCA Fee Structure

    EPA extended the comment period on the new TSCA fee structure until September 23, 2016.  The agency will consider comments as it drafts a proposed rule expected to come out in December... 

  8. EPA Meets with Industry Stakeholders to Discuss Fees under new TSCA

    On September 13 SOCMA attended a second EPA consultation meeting to obtain industry input on the new TSCA provision to collect fees. Recall that new TSCA requires fee collection to be at the lower of 25% of annual budget of the toxics office or $25M. 
  9. Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical Substance Import Certification Process Revisions

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is proposing regulations regarding the requirement to file a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) certification when importing into the customs territory of the United States chemicals in bulk form or as part of mixtures and articles containing a chemical or mixture.

  10. SOCMA Participates in APEC Chemical Dialogue

    SOCMA participated in multilateral government and industry meetings at the
    Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Chemical Dialogue in August in Lima, Peru. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific.
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