Author Archives: Fern Abrams

Acting SEC Chairman Halts Enforcement of Conflict Minerals Rule Citing IPC Comments

Acting U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Mike Piwowar said in an April 7, 2017 statement that the SEC is suspending enforcement of the costliest requirements of its conflict minerals rule. The statement came following an April 3, 2017 U.S. District Court decision remanding the rule back to the SEC to address First Amendment […]

IPC Submits Comments on Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Manufacturing

On March 27, 2017, IPC filed comments in response to a March 7, 2017 Department of Commerce (DOC) Request for Information on the Impact (RFI) of Federal Regulations on Domestic Manufacturing. In our comments, IPC noted the burden imposed on manufacturers by regulations and our support of cost-effective, science-based regulations. IPC’s comments identified a number […]

Congress Votes to Overturn OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

Yesterday, March 22, 2017, the Senate passed H.J. Res. 83, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to invalidate an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation which was promulgated in December 2016 to overturn the 2012 D.C. Circuit Court “Volks” decision regarding the statute of limitations for recordkeeping violations.  The “Volks” CRA was previously passed […]

IPC Files Comments on TSCA Inventory Reset

On March 14, 2017, IPC filed comments on the EPA’s proposed regulations to “reset” the inventory by sorting the TSCA inventory into active and inactive chemicals.  The inventory reset is one of the implementing regulations under the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” (LCSA) which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act […]

IPC Comments on SEC Conflict Minerals Regulation

On March 16, 2017, IPC filed comments with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) asking the SEC to consider modifications of the rule and Section 1502 to reduce the burden on U.S. manufacturing industries. The comments were filed in response to Acting SEC Chairman Michael S. Piwowar’s January 31, 2017 statement, questioning the effects of […]

IPC Supports EU Vote for Voluntary Conflict Minerals Requirements for Manufacturers

On March 16, 2017, the European Union (EU) Parliament voted to adopt regulations regarding the sourcing of conflict minerals in high risk zones. The regulations, which require supply chain due diligence self-certification of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, are mandatory for smelters and importers of raw […]

IPC Meets with EPA Transition Team on RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule

IPC met last week with EPA senior staff to discuss our concerns with the recently published Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule and the February 24 petition for review filed with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals by IPC and eight other trade associations. Although EPA’s rule includes some common-sense updates that will bring greater efficiency […]

Trump Administration Considers Suspension of Conflict Minerals Regulation

The Trump Administration is considering an executive order that would suspend the SEC conflict minerals rule for two years. Under the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, the president has the authority to temporarily suspend or revise the rule for two years if it is in the national security interest of the United States.  An unsourced draft White […]

New Draft Guidance on REACH Substances in Articles

On February 1, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) shared a revised draft of their Guidance on requirements for substances in articles. The current draft of Version 4.0 is being shared with members of the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement (Forum), which is a network of authorities responsible for the enforcement of the […]

Electronics Manufacturers in China Must Join New Pollution Tracking System

On January 23, 2017, the Chinese government published a list of industries, including computer, communications and electronic equipment manufacturing, that will be required to register under the new critical monitoring system outlined in November 2016.  The system will track companies’ air and water discharges, which may be taxed. While more than 20 industries must register […]