Events and News

Government News for 2014

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  • Government and Regulatory News

    04.28.14: Senator Toomey Visits Pennsylvania Foundry to Discuss Tax Reform

    In April, Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) toured AFS member company Spring City Electrical Manufacturing Co. in Spring City, Pa., to discuss a variety of issues impacting the metalcasting industry, including the need to renew several tax credits that expired on Dec. 31.

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    04.23.14: Senate Finance Committee Approves Tax Extenders Package

    In early April, the Senate Finance Committee passed a tax extenders package, the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.

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    04.21.14: House Releases TSCA Reform Draft

    AFS signed onto a coalition letter supporting the legislation which recognizes the importance of a workable chemical regulatory system to U.S. manufacturing.

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    04.16.14: AFS Signs Letter Regarding Clean Air Act

    The American Foundry Society (AFS) has joined 35 other trade associations in signing a letter sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC).

March 2014

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February 2014

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  • Government and Regulatory News

    02.26.14: UPDATE: Lawmakers Pass Regulatory Reform Package in House

    AFS, along with a coalition of more than 100 trade associations, urged members of Congress in a letter this week to support a comprehensive regulatory reform package aimed at making federal regulations more transparent, providing the public more opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process and reducing the cost on the economy.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    02.23.14: Iowa Governor Writes Letter Asking OSHA to Withdraw Proposed Silica Rule

    On Feb. 11, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad submitted a letter to Thomas Perez, Secretary of the U.S. Labor Department, calling for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to withdraw or significantly alter its proposed rule to cut in half the current permissable exposure limit for crystalline silica.

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    02.18.14: 55 Members of Congress Sign Letter Concerning Silica Rulemaking

    The letter, addressed to Secretary of Labor Tony Perez, requested the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provide either a revocation or a full 90-day extension for the comment period and hearing date for the agency’s proposed crystalline silica rulemaking.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    02.17.14: AFS Files Comments on OSHA’s Proposal to Impose Stricter Exposure Limits for Crystalline Silica

    In the comments, AFS urged the agency to withdraw its proposal on the grounds that OSHA has failed to establish there is a significant risk at exposure levels below the current PEL and the proposed rule is not technically or economically feasible.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    02.10.14: Wall Street Journal Runs Critical Editorial on OSHA Silica Proposal

    The American Foundry Society was quoted in a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) opinion piece published today (Feb. 10) that is critical of OSHA’s proposal to cut the permissible exposure rate of crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    02.03.14: EPA Issues Emissions Rule for New Power Plants

    EPA published its rule limiting carbon emissions from new power plants on January 8.

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    02.03.14: Labor’s Notice Posting Rule Void

    In a legal victory for the business community, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) earlier ruling requiring employers to conspicuously display a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) is officially invalidated for now.

  • Government and Regulatory News

    02.03.14: Key Tax Breaks Expired

    As of January 1, more than 50 different tax breaks expired and will likely increase the tax bills of some metalcasting facilities if these provisions are not renewed.

January 2014

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