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).
Categories for Environmental Policy
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.
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.
Comments Opposing Refined Coal Tar Sealcoat Provisions of EPA’s Proposed Multi-Sector General Permit for Industrial Stormwater
In a letter to the EPA, SOCMA along with partner associations strongly oppose submit comments opposing refined coal tar sealcoat provisions of EPA’s proposed multi-sector general permit for industrial stormwater.
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.
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.
SOCMA appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s proposed accidental release reporting rule.
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.