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January 2018

December 2017

  • Government and Regulatory News

    12.20.17: OSHA electronic injury and illness data now due by Dec. 31

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on Dec. 18 that they will continue accepting the 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) until midnight on Dec. 31, 2017.

October 2017

  • Government and Regulatory News

    10.31.17: EPA to end "Sue and Settle" Practice

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced on October 16, 2017 that EPA would end the practice of regulation through litigation to resolve legal challenges to Agency actions and inactions known as “Sue and Settle.” Administrator Pruitt indicated that the “Sue and Settle” process “undermines the fundamental principles of government,” including: “(1) the importance of process, (2) adherence to the rule of law, and (3) the applicability of cooperative federalism.”

  • Government and Regulatory News

    10.17.17: AFS Supports EPA's Action to Repeal the Clean Power Plan

    On October 10, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants. EPA presented the rule to the public as designed to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing utilities. AFS has argued that the rule would hurt U.S. metalcasters with dramatically increased energy costs.

August 2017

  • Government and Regulatory News

    08.29.17: AFS Testifies on Burdensome Regulations in Washington, D.C.

    Testifying at the 2017 National Regulatory Fairness Hearing at the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of the National Ombudsman on Aug. 28, Brad Muller, AFS’ Government Affairs Chairman and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Co., urged action on OSHA’s silica rule, and other onerous rulemakings and policies.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    08.24.17: Rep. Cheri Bustos Tours Galesburg Castings

    Bustos serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the Agriculture Committee.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    08.23.17: AFS Urges Every Corporate Member to Take Action on OSHA Silica Rule Now

    Call your respective lawmakers offices to obtain email addresses or contact the AFS Washington Office. Please send a copy of your correspondence to

  • Government and Regulatory News

    08.01.17: DOL Issues Information Request on Overtime Exemption

    The new overtime rule more than doubled the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) annual wage threshold for who can qualify for overtime, from $23,660 to $47,476. It was blocked from taking effect last December by a Texas district court order.

July 2017

  • Government and Regulatory News

    07.19.17: AFS Advocating for Reform of Tax System

    The American Foundry Society (AFS) on July 17 submitted comments to Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Committee members concerning federal tax reform.

June 2017

May 2017

  • Government and Regulatory News

    05.23.17: AFS Provides Regulatory Reduction Comments to EPA

    On May 15, 2017, AFS submitted comprehensive and detailed recommendations regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations to be considered for “repeal, replacement or modification” in accordance with President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) 13777.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    05.19.17: OSHA Postpones Electronic Recordkeeping Compliance Date

    OSHA announced that it will extend the July 1, 2017 filing date for the electronic submission of the OSHA 300A Recordkeeping Form. OSHA’s announcement did not state the expected extent of the delay.

April 2017

March 2017

  • Government and Regulatory News

    03.07.17: AFS Supports Congressional Resolution to Overturn OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Finalized at End of Obama Administration

    In February, AFS joined over 80 trade associations in a coalition letter supporting a resolution that would nullify an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule, finalized in December, that said employers were liable for any failure to record any workplace injury or illness in the previous five years, not six months as was the previous standard.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    03.02.17: AFS Highlights Burdensome Regulations With Key Lawmakers

    In February, AFS delivered a letter to key members of Congress outlining some of the industry’s top burdensome rules. In particular, the burden of environmental regulation falls disproportionately on manufacturers, and it is heaviest on small manufacturers because their compliance costs often are not affected by economies of scale.

January 2017

November 2016

  • Government and Regulatory News

    11.23.16: DOL's Overtime Rule Blocked Nationwide By Judge

    About 4 million workers would have become eligible for overtime pay under the rule which would have doubled the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,892 a year for full-time executive, administrative and professional workers.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    11.22.16: Joint Opening Brief Filed on OSHA Silica Rulemaking

    The OSHA silica rule, issued in March, cuts the current permissible exposure limit for silica in half and requires companies to implement costly engineering controls and a host of ancillary provisions

  • Government and Regulatory News

    11.18.16: Judge Blocks Persuader Rule Requiring Firms to Disclose Labor Advice

    On Wednesday, November 17, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a permanent injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) persuader rule in the case brought by several business organizations.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    11.17.16: OSHA Issues Final Rule Updating Walking-Working Surfaces Standard

    On November 17, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its long-awaited final rule update to the general industry walking-working surfaces standard specific to slip, trip and fall hazards.

October 2016

  • Government and Regulatory News

    10.10.16: Labor Department Releases Final Rule on Paid Leave for Federal Contractors

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule implementing the paid sick leave executive order requiring federal contractors to provide up to seven days' paid sick leave to their employees. The final rule will go into effect for new solicitations issued on or after January 1, 2017.

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

  • Government and Regulatory News

    05.25.16: U.S. Labor Department Issues Final Rule on Overtime

    Under a final rule published by the U.S. Department of Labor on May 23, the minimum salary threshold for employees to be considered overtime "exempt" under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will double beginning December 1, 2016.

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

  • Government and Regulatory News

    01.31.16: AFS Supported Regulatory Reform Bill Approved by House

    In early January, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act (H.R. 712) by a vote of 244 – 173.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    01.27.16: AFS Joins Legal Challenge to Ozone Regulation

    A group of business associations, including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recently filed a petition for review to challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule that significantly lowered the primary ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) standard from 75 ppb to 70 ppb.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    01.04.16: OSHA Activates Injury Reporting Form on Website

    On December 24, 2015, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its long delayed online injury reporting form is now available to employers to satisfy the agency's recordkeeping rule (29 C.F.R. 1904.39) requiring employers to provide notification of fatalities within eight hours and hospitalizations, amputations or eye losses within 24 hours.

December 2015

  • Government and Regulatory News

    12.23.15: OSHA’s Silica Rule Moves to OMB

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent its crystalline silica rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review on December 21, 2015.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    12.22.15: Congress Wraps Up Year with Major Tax Package

    lawmakers approved a historic $680 billion tax-extender package which makes more than 20 tax cuts permanent and extends more than 50 temporary tax provisions that expired in 2014 for more than two years.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    12.04.15: Congress Approves AFS Supported Infrastructure Package

    The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate voted to overwhelmingly pass a $305 billion five-year highway, transit and rail bill.

November 2015

October 2015

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July 2015

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April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

  • Government and Regulatory News

    01.26.15: Discussions Begin on Tax Reform in New Congress

    The U.S. Congress continues to have a strong interest in reforming the current tax code. Lawmakers are already laying the groundwork for their proposals for individual, business and international tax reform in the new Congress.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    01.23.15: House Approves AFS-Supported Bill to Modernize Federal Rulemaking Process

    Legislation designed to reform the government’s process for analyzing and formulating new regulations, and guidance documents passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 250-175 this month.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    01.12.15: EPA Risk Assessment Says Use of Spent Foundry Sands Safe in Soil-Related Applications

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Ohio State University, has released a risk assessment concluding that silica-based spent foundry sands from iron, steel and aluminum metalcasting facilities, when used in certain soil-related applications, are protective of human health and the environment and yield environmental benefits.

December 2014