Categories for Environmental Policy

SOCMA Ramps Up Advocacy Efforts on EPA’s RMP Rule

SOCMA commends the House Energy & Commerce Committee for holding a hearing earlier this week on EPA’s recently finalized Risk Management Program (RMP) rule. We are pleased that Members of Congress took action based on the educational efforts of SOCMA’s Advocacy Committee and publicly turned their attention to the overly prescriptive program, which creates security vulnerabilities and diverts resources from critical security, safety, and process improvements.

May 10, 2024

SOCMA Statement on EPA Proposed Rule on Risk Management Program (RMP)

SOCMA Vice President, Legal and Government Relations, Robert F. Helminiak released the following statement addressing the significant problems with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule on Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention, also know as the Risk Management Program (RMP). 

August 31, 2022

SOCMA Policy Blog

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.

January 27, 2021

2020 Spring Regulatory Agendas

The federal agencies have released their Spring 2020 Regulatory Agendas, which contain agency-by-agency priorities and timelines for upcoming regulatory actions. SOCMA has reviewed the agendas and summarizes upcoming policy activities relevant to SOCMA members.

July 9, 2020

OSHA Enforcement Discretion Policy for COVID-19 Pandemic

OSHA has issued a new memorandum on Discretion in Enforcement when Considering an Employer’s Good Faith Efforts During the COVID-19 Pandemic, which applies broadly to all industry sectors and will take effect immediately and remain in effect until further notice.

April 17, 2020

SOCMA Testifies Before EPA on More Practical Risk Assessment of Ethylene Oxide

SOCMA last week advocated for a more practical and representative risk assessment of ethylene oxide (EO) and outlined potential regulatory impacts to batch manufacturers and the specialty chemical value chain during an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing on proposed amendments to air emissions.

January 21, 2020

Comments: CSB Accidental Release Reporting

SOCMA appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s proposed accidental release reporting rule.

January 13, 2020