Composites Advocacy Center
Composites. Rebuilding America...To Last!
Advocacy to build a better industry
- NEW - FHWA would update innovative bridge database under ACMA-sponsored highway construction reauthorization legislation approved June 24 by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. If enacted, the legislation will require the Federal Highway Administration to commission a follow-up study of the long-term performance of the bridges built using composites and other innovative technologies during 1998-2004 under a Congressionally funded program.
- NEW - EPA agreed to provide longer phase-out period for foam blowing agent. Following consideration of ACMA's comments, in its July 2 final rule EPA pushed the HFC-134a phase-out deadeline from 2017 to 2020.
- Participants at ACMA's April 14-15 National Policy Summit (see the NPS recap) asked policymakers to:
- ACMA members taxed as pass-through businesses should support tax reform for S corporations by sending this letter to Senators and Representatives. ACMA recently co-signed this letter to Congressional leaders calling for comprehensive tax reform.
- ACMA joined an industry coalition to support Senate legislation to reform EPA's TSCA chemical safety program. Read the ACMA staff discussion on this legislation.
- The Mojave Desert AQMD should not revise its VOC rule for polyester resin operations to adopt obsolete requirements from other California air districts. Read ACMA's Feb. 19, 2015 comments.
- Read the section of the MDAQMD's background document, revised Feb. 20 in response to ACMA's comments. The District agreed not to adopt obsolete requirements.
- ACMA supports Small Business Tax Relief Act to restore Sect. 179 expensing. Read the coalition letter on H.R. 636.
- ACMA joined a coalition supporting legislation reducing the risk that a business using scientific data to justify not issuing a warning under California's Prop. 65, as allowed by the law when exposures are below recognized safe levels, will be subject to unwarranted and costly bounty hunter suits. Read the coalition letter on AB 543.
- Congress should approve legislation improving peer review of EPA risk assessments. Read ACMA's Feb. 27, 2015 letter to Members of Congress.
- Cal-EPA should honor due process and respect a 25-year history recognizing safe exposure limits for listed substances. Read the Feb. 4, 2015 coalition letter.
- Congress should pass H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015, which would reform the regulatory process to ensure that all federal agencies appropriately consider the impact of their rules on small businesses across America. Read the Feb. 3, 2015 coalition letter.
- UN pollutant program should recognize environmental benefits of composite utility poles. Read ACMA's Nov. 6, 2014 comments.
- OSHA should allow chemical suppliers time to receive updated hazard information before revising safety data sheets. Read the Aug. 12, 2014 coalition letter co-signed by ACMA, and OSHA's response providing enforcement flexibility.
- Composites manufacturing operations do not present sufficient risk to warrant coverage under EPA's risk management program or OSHA's process safety standard. Read ACMA's October 10, 2014 comments to EPA and Mar. 10, 2014 comments to OSHA.
- OSHA should not release workplace injury records to the public. Read more in ACMA's March 9, 2014 comments to OSHA.
- NIOSH must not base its workplace carcinogen classifications on the Report on Carcinogens but should perform its own weight of evidence assessments. Read more on ACMA's February 13, 2014 advocacy document.
- Reforms to EPA's chemical risk assessment program should advance transparency, stakeholder participation, and peer review. Read more on ACMA's May 29, 2013 advocacy document.
Five easy steps to help Build it Better
- Prepare a short cover note explaining that one or more of the above issues are important to your business, and asking your Representative and Senators to contact ACMA's legislative affairs department at 703.525.0511 for more information.
- Download ACMA's comments or advocacy document (above).
- Visit Contacting the Congress to obtain the contact information for your congressional offices.
- Fax your cover note and the advocacy document to the offices of your Representative and Senators.
- IMPORTANT - Also email a scanned copy of your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org, so ACMA staff can contact your congressional office to follow-up on your correspondence with them.
As the strong and unified voice of the industry, ACMA works to further the best interests of the composites industry in all available forums and to represent its membership to lawmakers, regulators and the general public. Our strong government affairs team lobbies vigorously at the federal, state and local levels on issues that make a difference to you and the success of your business.
As the composites industry’s largest and most influential trade group, ACMA recognizes that one of its key responsibilities is to facilitate communication between our members and public policy makers on Capitol Hill and in agencies such as EPA and OSHA. The association consistently seeks to proactively and positively affect regulatory and legislative outcomes. It also pushes back against problematic governmental actions.
ACMA offers its members access to resources and programs that will enable them to form enduring, positive relationships with their Members of Congress. At the same time, it provides a framework for coordinated advocacy efforts, enabling the composites industry to speak with a strong, unified voice.