Author Archives: Fern Abrams

OSHA Delays Injury and Illness Log Submission Deadline

On May 17, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its intention to delay the July 1, 2017 deadline for electronic submission of injury and illness logs. The delay is due to unavailability of the secure website that OSHA intended to use for the submission of these recordkeeping forms. The announcement was posted […]

IPC Files Comments on EPA Regulatory Reform

IPC filed comments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on May 15, highlighting five EPA regulations that should be reformed: Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements for lead Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Generator (HWG) Improvements rule RCRA Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule issued in 2014 RCRA regulations for electroplating sludge […]

House Financial Services Committee Passes Bill to Repeal Conflict Minerals

Today, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial Choice Act (H.R. 10) to repeal and replace the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, including a repeal of the Section 1502 conflict minerals requirements. IPC appreciates Chairman Hensarling and Subcommittee Chairman Huizenga’s continued focus on the burdens and unintended side-effects of Section 1502.  Although IPC members are […]

IPC Offers Comments at EPA Public Meetings on Regulatory Reform

IPC is commenting on its members’ behalf at three Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public meetings on regulatory reform.  The meetings are being held to gather input on the implementation of  President Donald Trump’s February 24, 2017 Executive Order 13777 (EO 13777) on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda. IPC spoke on April 25 at the EPA […]

IPC Files Comments Calling on the Administration to Address Conflict Minerals

On April 28, 2017, IPC filed comments with the Department of State regarding conflict minerals. In our comments, IPC called upon the Department of State to expand existing diplomatic efforts to drive peace, security, and governance in Central Africa and encouraged Congress and the Administration to replace Section 1502 with appropriate and effective programs to […]

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 […]