SOCMA recently submitted a formal letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Katherine Tai, requesting a meeting on the 301 China Tariffs. The purpose of the meeting is not only to urge USTR to reopen the exclusion process for chemicals imported from China, but to educate and inform USTR on the concerns and impacts of the tariffs on the specialty chemicals industry.
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published its long-awaited Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to carry out the September 9 Executive Order (EO) requiring companies with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccinations (with health and religious exemptions), or take weekly COVID-19 tests and wear masks.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will convene a panel to collect stakeholder input on a proposed new health and safety standard for Emergency Response over four days (October 14, 19, 20 and 21). SOCMA members Ascensus Specialties, represented by Matt Manna, and DanChem, represented by Jonathon Draper, and VanDeMark Chemical, Inc., represented by Chris Banach, will each testify before a panel of OSHA and SBA staff to share the unique concerns and perspectives of the specialty chemical industry regarding the proposed new standard.
SOCMA on Thursday called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to uphold revisions made in 2019 to the Risk Management Plan (RMP) Rulemaking, which has the support of specialty and batch chemical manufacturers.
In December 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed triennial updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Fees Rule. SOCMA has responded to EPA's proposed TSCA fee revisions, addressing major aspects of the proposal.
As the specialty chemicals industry anticipates new policy and regulations coming under the Biden Administration, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) is hosting its Policy Webinar Series throughout April to focus these key topics that are crucial to its membership and the value chain.
SOCMA Looks Forward to Partnering on Key Trade Issues with Newly Appointed U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai
The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) congratulates Katherine Tai on her recent landmark appointment as the United States Trade Representative under the Biden Administration.
With chemical safety, security and trade as crucial focal points for the specialty chemical value chain, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) looks forward to continuing a robust dialogue and working with newly appointed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on these key industry issues.
SOCMA has identified two EOs that will intersect with the work and activities of its Environmental, Health and Safety committee. Alongside our members, we are prepared to further our advocacy efforts through each agency's review and decision process.
2020 saw SOCMA's Government Relations team continuing its efforts in support of the Specialty & Fine Chemical industry. With the collaboration from members, we were able to advocate for the industry despite not being able to host our Annual Policy Summit & Fly-in.