Encourages New Chief to Continue Working in Bipartisan Manner
WASHINGTON, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) today congratulates Gina McCarthy on her confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
"Gina McCarthy is well-qualified for her new role at EPA," said Lawrence D. Sloan, SOCMA's President and CEO. "During her 25 years of service, she has had success working with business and industry leaders in a constructive, bipartisan manner. After five long years, EPA now has a leader who is not afraid to engage those over which her agency regulates. Now that she has been confirmed by the Senate, we urge her to continue to work in the same bipartisan manner," he said.
McCarthy met with SOCMA's Environment Committee in November, and members were impressed with her candor and sincerity, as well as her desire to better understand the regulatory burdens SOCMA members face, Sloan said.
"Though we may not always agree on policy issues, we believe Ms. McCarthy has an understanding of issues impacting specialty chemical manufacturers and SOCMA members," Sloan said. "With her extensive experience with air issues and through our previous interactions with her, she is aware of the significant costs regulations impose on small businesses, an awareness that is essential for anyone who serves in the position of EPA Administrator."
McCarthy's leadership could be essential in resolving and providing much-needed regulatory certainty on several SOCMA priorities, including revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste rule. The rule was finalized in 2008, but has been in limbo ever since due to subsequent court challenges and new rulemaking efforts.
"We look forward to working with Administrator McCarthy going forward to ensure that we maintain our economic competitiveness while driving our industry toward continual improvement in environmental performance," Sloan said.
SOCMA is the only U.S.-based trade association dedicated solely to the specialty chemical industry. Since 1921, we have represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies, making us the leading authority on this sector. SOCMA has a global membership of 220 companies, which employ more than 46,000 workers in the U.S. alone. To learn more, visit www.SpecialtyManufacturing.org.
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