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Government News for 2017

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October 2017

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    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.”

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    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

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    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.

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    08.24.17: Rep. Cheri Bustos Tours Galesburg Castings

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

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    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 ssalmon@afsinc.org

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    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

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    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

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May 2017

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    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.

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    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

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March 2017

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    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.

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    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

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