Categories for Environmental Policy


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

Comments: New Chemicals Hearing

SOCMA acknowledges and is grateful for EPA’s ongoing work to resolve the backlog of new chemical notices, to streamline the review process for submissions, and to adopt more realistic assumptions about workplace protections. However, we continue to hear from our members that the current program still lacks predictability and transparency.

December 10, 2019