ARLINGTON, VA – With Houston, Florida and the Southeastern United States impacted by flooding and storm damage as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) is coordinating a retrospective panel discussion on disaster planning and response at the National Chemical Safety Symposium – Hosted by ChemStewards®, October 11-12, in Houston, TX.
The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) is pleased to announce that 23 member facilities are now exceeding key ChemStewards® benchmarks, qualifying them for the program's Excellence Tier.
German-based hubergroup USA, Inc., ("Huber") agreed to pay $2 million, plus interest, to settle a lawsuit initiated by John A. Dickson III, CEO of Nation Ford Chemical, alleging it violated the federal False Claims Act by misclassifying certain products being imported into the United States from India as ink, rather than pigment, to avoid paying higher import duties applicable to pigment. Duties upon pigments, a component of inks, are much greater than the duties imposed upon finished inks. The Settlement Agreement was filed under seal on July 26, 2016, and the seal has since been lifted.
More than 40 member facilities will receive 2016 Performance Improvement Awards for their outstanding commitment to continuous improvement in environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) practices at the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) 95th Annual Dinner, December 5, in New York.