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WASHINGTON ALERT


Stephanie Salmon, AFS Washington Office; Jeff Hannapel & Christian Richter, The Policy Group, Washington, D.C. EPA Extends Deadline for 2015 Ozone Standard


FOUNDRIES COULD EVENTUALLY FEEL THE EFFECTS OF TIGHTER OZONE LIMITS THROUGH RESTRICTIONS ON FACILITY EMISSIONS IN AREAS WITH POOR AIR QUALITY, AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL CONTROLS.


Te U.S. Environmental Protection


Agency (EPA) is providing states an extra year to develop air quality plans related to the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone. Te 2015 ozone standard, issued by the Obama administration, tightens the existing 2008 standard from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. Designations for the 2015 standard were originally due by this October. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the extension in a June 6 letter sent to the U.S. governors. EPA is taking additional time to


review and re-evaluate some of the issues that AFS and a coalition of manufactur- ers raised in its comments to EPA and subsequent law suit on the 2015 rule. It plans to review the role of background ozone levels, how to account for interna- tional transport, and timelier exceptional events demonstrations. Te agency has also established an “Ozone Cooperative


ON THE HILL


OSHA Delays July 1, 2017 Deadline for Injury/Illness Data


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced it is delay- ing the compliance date for its recordkeeping and report- ing requirement that required employers, including foundries, to electronically submit their injury and illness data annually. If implemented in its current form, the new rule would have required employers to submit their OSHA 300 Logs, 301 Incident Re- ports, and 300A Annual Summaries to OSHA through an online portal that would allow for public access to that information.


OSHA did not provide any specif- ics as to how long the extension will be or when the official proposal will be issued. Several lawsuits against OSHA electronic recordkeeping rule remain pending.


16 | MODERN CASTING July 2017 Steel 232 Trade Action Nearing


The U.S. Commerce Department has accelerated its Section 232 national security probe into steel imports and is expected to provide its recommenda- tions to the White House in the next few weeks. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum in late April asking Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to prioritize the probe, which could result in higher tariffs for Chinese and other foreign steel firms, to the benefit of the U.S. steel industry.


Steel consumer groups, such as the automotive and oil and natural gas sec- tors, have warned they would be hurt if Trump were to impose broad-based steel tariffs and warned of possible trade retaliation.


After Commerce issues its recom- mendations, the president has 90 days to take action under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The statute gives the president flexibility to impose trade restrictions, which may take the form of


tariffs, tariff-rate quotas, import fees and voluntary restraint agreements.


President Signs New Executive Order on Apprenticeships


In June, President Donald Trump announced significant changes to federal apprenticeship programs, which are the center of the White House workforce training initiatives. In order to address the growing skills gap manufacturers are facing in its work- force, the Executive Order will permit third-party entities, including trade groups, labor unions and businesses, to take over the role of developing apprenticeship programs instead of the U.S. Department of Labor. The executive order will also double the amount of money for ap- prenticeship grants, from $90 million to nearly $200 million a year.


For additional information, contact Stephanie Salmon, AFS Washington Off ice,


202-452-7135, ssalmon@afsinc.org.


Compliance Task Force” to develop ad- ditional flexibilities for states to comply with the ozone standard. Foundries could eventually feel the


effects of tighter ozone limits through restrictions on facility emissions in areas


with poor air quality, as well as additional controls. Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation in both chambers of Congress to delay implementation of the 70 ppb ozone standard until the middle of the next decade.


EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, seen here speaking, announced the extension for the 2015 ozone standard in a June 6 letter sent to the U.S. governors.


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