SOCMA works with federal agencies on key issues impacting the specialty and fine chemical industry. Through engagement with agency leadership and lawmakers, SOCMA influences and produces positive outcomes for its members and the industry at-large.
Supporting development of modernized regulations that allow manufacturers to innovate and commercialize specialty chemicals while ensuring their safe use.
Promoting environmental stewardship, guaranteeing the health and quality of the environment and supporting effective, cost-benefit balanced regulations that do not hinder industry growth.
Ensuring consistency and effective performance of the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) and other chemical security programs.
Promoting regulatory cooperation, elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers, increased competitiveness and the enhancement of global market access to specialty chemicals.
Ensuring effective occupational safety and health programs through policies that leverage preventive measures and tools, safety training, monitoring and communication.
Influencing both upstream and downstream issues impacting the value chain for specialties including ingredient disclosure and labeling policies, product- specific regulations, and state level initiatives.
This reports reviews a variety of policy issues, reflecting the events and business impacts from 2021, such as the Infrastructure Bill, developments in the TSCA program, trade challenges including tariffs and more. It then looks ahead at some of the issues we anticipate in 2022 and how SOCMA is preparing to tackle those issues, like reopening the 301-exclusion process, the Risk Management Program Rule, the TSCA Fees rule and other topics.
On February 1, SOCMA drafted a 301 Tariff Letter requesting that the Office of The United States Trade Representative (USTR) reinstate an exclusion process for chemicals imported from China that are currently subject to a 25% surtax under the Section 301 investigation of China.
On November 15, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (P.L. 117-58) was
signed into law. The bill makes substantial investments in all manner of transportation related activities—road, rail, boat, air and more. The document, put together by our government relations team provides a summary of the act.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (P.L. 117-58) will reinstate the Superfund excise taxes on 42 listed feedstock chemicals and other imported chemicals derived in part from them. Our guidance document provides information on when they will go into effect, what the rates will be and how the taxes will be applied.
This handbook is specifically designed to assist chemical companies in complying with and navigating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Features include section-by-section summaries of the law, interpretations of the implementing regulations, and checklists that will prove valuable to companies as they conduct TSCA audits. Also included is a comprehensive appendix with sources of additional TSCA reference and guidance information.
Our New Chemical Notifications services help you efficiently file premanufacture notices (PMNs) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for new chemicals being introduced into the U.S. marketplace. PMNs are required under section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).