SOCMA updates advocacy against IST provisions

Pharmaceutical Technology Europe

The US Society for Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has provided an update of its efforts regarding the recently passed US Chemical and Water Security Act of 2009 (HR 2868), which includes inherently safer technology (IST) requirements that SOCMA opposes.

The US Society for Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has provided an update of its efforts regarding the recently passed US Chemical and Water Security Act of 2009 (HR 2868), which includes inherently safer technology (IST) requirements that SOCMA opposes.

Although SOCMA favors chemical site-security provisions, it opposes mandated IST requirements. IST is a conceptual framework that covers chemical processing procedures, equipment, protection and when feasible, the use of safer substances.

“The IST provisions in the bill were approved despite numerous attempts by lawmakers to improve the bill and with little regard to previous testimony by experts from academia, process safety organizations and industry who all opposed an IST mandate. Until last month, the Department of Homeland Security also long-opposed mandatory IST implementation before abruptly switching its position in time for a House subcommittee hearing,” said SOCMA in a press release following the passage of the legislation.

SOCMA reported that although the bill was recently passed by the House, its advocacy program, SOCMA CONNECT, conducted extensive advocacy to urge lawmakers to vote against the bill. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

“We look forward to working with the Senate, which we expect will be more willing to work with all stakeholders than the House committees that moved the IST provisions through the chamber,” said Bill Allmond, vice-president of government relations and ChemStewards at SOCMA, in the press release.

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