On June 8th and 9th, 2017, SGIA attended a negotiated rulemaking committee on chemical data reporting of inorganic byproducts. Under the recently amended TSCA regulations, the EPA must prioritize and assess existing chemical substances, including inorganic byproducts that are recycled, reprocessed, or reused. The committee, established by the EPA, aims to negotiate a proposed rule to limit the chemical data reporting requirements for manufacturers of inorganic byproduct chemical substances.
The committee discussed the timeline for the rulemaking, which is planned to go into effect in June 2020. The stakeholders involved also discussed their main interests and concerns for the rulemaking. Exemptions were a major discussion, as byproducts used for commercial purposes are exempt from reporting requirements. Stakeholders expressed the importance of having understandable and easy-to-use guidance for determining if a manufacturer is exempt or not. There were also calls to reduce the burden of reporting for manufacturers by providing clear and detailed guidance on other parts of the rule so that manufacturers will not need to do much consultation with the EPA.
The next committee meetings will be held on August 16th and 17th, 2017. Sign up to recieve the most up-to-date regulatory and legislative information about specialty imaging.
On June 7, 2017, SGIA hosted a workplace safety conference at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga, Ontario. The event was sponsored by ND Graphics and coordinated by both SGIA and Workplace Safety North, a non-profit organization in Ontario that provides health and safety services and training. Several speakers presented on topics both specific to the industry, such as machine guarding and WHMIS 2015, and more generic topics like violence in the workplace and small business incentive programs.
The conference is part of a larger effort by SGIA to promote safety education and awareness among our members in Canada and elsewhere. The location provided a classroom-style setting which allowed attendees to discuss and ask questions about safety topics that were relevant to them. Following the conference, SGIA will hold a webinar series on safety topics that were found to be of most significance to our industry based on feedback from attendees.
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On May 24, 2017 SGIA attended EPA’s Public Meeting on Unique identifiers for Confidential Chemical Identities in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting was for the EPA to get stakeholder input on confidential business information as it relates to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LSCA).
Section 14(g) of LSCA requires the EPA to assign a unique identifier to each specific chemical identity for which the Agency approves a request for protection from disclosure. Once this identifier is assigned, the EPA must apply it to all information that is relevant to the applicable chemical substance. There are, however, several instances in which these requirements may cause CBI to inadvertently be disclosed. For example, if two companies submit a claim for CBI for and only one is granted confidentiality, both claims will use the same identifier in place of the chemical name. In this instance, someone could find the identity of the confidential chemical by looking at other records under that identifier.
The meeting was a roundtable that gave attendees the opportunity to comment on how this should be approached. No consensus was met and the EPA did not comment on how it will move forward with this rule.
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On March 22, 2017, SGIA attended the First 100 Days 2017 Legislative Conference — an event highlighting recent legislative proposals and changes that specifically affect the printing industry.
On April 24, 2017 SGIA attended a stakeholder meeting held by the Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of this meeting was to allow the public to comment on rules that should be repealed, replaced, or modified as a result of Executive Order 13777: Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.
President Trump issued Executive Order 13777 on February 24, 2017. This EO directs all agency heads to designate an agency official as its Regulatory Reform Officer (RRO), who will oversee regulatory reform initiatives and policies to ensure that agencies effectively carry out regulatory reforms. This follows Executive Order 13771, signed by President Trump on January 30, 2017, which directs agencies to repeal two existing regulations for every new regulation, and to do so in such a way that the total cost of regulations does not increase.
The EPA invited stakeholders from all industries to provide input on the implementation of these orders. Speakers were given the chance to comment on regulations that they considered burdensome, as well as regulations that they believed should not be repealed or modified. SGIA’s VP of Government & Business Information, Marci Kinter, addressed rules that are burdensome for the printing industry, such as national emissions standards and the spill prevention, control and countermeasure rule.
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