WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) today praised President Obama as he signed into law a major piece of legislation that should improve public confidence in the way the United States evaluates industrial chemicals. The bill will provide the Environmental Protection Agency with additional tools to review chemicals and increase transparency.
SOCMA member Beth Bosley, President of Boron Specialties, who has been a champion of TSCA reform and testified numerous times before Congress on behalf of small chemical manufacturers, was on hand for today's signing at the White House.
Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 has been a longstanding effort that some thought would never happen.
"Today, that has all changed," said SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan. "Enactment of TSCA reform legislation is a culmination of many years of hard work, and nothing short of remarkable, especially given the broad support it has mustered. It is an obvious improvement over the status quo, and I am thrilled to be around for this truly historic moment."
SOCMA has been a major stakeholder in the TSCA reform effort and now looks forward to working with EPA as it begins implementation. SOCMA is hopeful the new law will be implemented in a way that keeps U.S. specialty chemical manufacturers, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), at the forefront of chemical innovation.
Since 1921, SOCMA has represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies located around the world bringing world-class support uniquely tailored to enhance the operational excellence of our member companies. SOCMA is the only U.S.-based trade association dedicated solely to the specialty chemical industry, making us the leading authority on this sector. www.socma.com.
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