NAMC provides leadership and plays an advocacy role on select issues of strategic importance to the metals industry. NAMC's efforts concentrate on multi-metals issues where a cohesive industry voice is beneficial. NAMC works to complement and coordinate rather than duplicate the work of other organizations. NAMC is structured in a way that maintains flexibility and allows for rapid mobilization to address key issues and initiatives as they arise. NAMC's approach is grounded in sound science and is supported by active engagement with the leadership of key national and international organizations (regulatory and non-regulatory).
NAMC’s membership is diverse, as is the range of substantive issues on which NAMC engages. We actively monitor and/or engage in advocacy with respect to programs affecting many metals. As a result, NAMC’s ability to share intelligence on regulatory initiatives timely and efficiently is unparalleled. Over the years, NAMC has been effective in advocating positions on its members’ behalf on a variety of matters that are important to the metals community. We note just a few such accomplishments below:
- On an on-going basis, NAMC prepares and circulates electronically to members a comprehensive monthly update on North American and international regulatory, science, and legislative developments pertinent to member company interests.
- NAMC played a key role in EPA’s development of a science-based Metals Risk Assessment Framework, including the submission of comments on successive drafts of the framework, active participation in Science Advisory Board reviews, and participation in workshops, peer review efforts, and expert consultations.
- NAMC commented on the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s treatment of metals in its “Taking Stock” report and its report on Toxic Chemicals and Human Health.
- NAMC hosted a Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) seminar for the metals industry in Washington, D.C., where more than 70 companies participated.
- NAMC met with U.S. State, Commerce, and Transportation Departments in advance of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Council meeting last year in Nairobi to assist the U.S. in developing a position on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and mercury related issues. NAMC continues to monitor SAICM developments and works to ensure its members’ views are reflected in the U.S. position.
- NAMC submitted comments to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the proposed incorporation of elements of GHS rules for substance classification and labeling into OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard.
- NAMC participated in briefings on the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) Heavy Metals Protocol and provided input to the U.S. government delegation on issues of interest, as well as coordinating with international metals industry representatives to LRTAP meetings.
- NAMC met with U.S. government officials from the State Department, Commerce Department, and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to discuss issues of concern to the metals sector in 2004 and 2005. Issues discussed at the 2005 meetings included SAICM, REACH, and LRTAP.
- NAMC represented the North American metals industry at stakeholder meetings on SAICM with the U.S. delegation, and successfully advocated for removal of the term “heavy metals” and greater emphasis on scientifically-based determinations.
- NAMC provided comments to Washington State’s Department of Ecology successfully urging on scientific grounds that metals not be classified as persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals.
- NAMC submitted letters supporting legislation to permit U.S. ratification of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and related international instruments.
- NAMC monitored and reported on developments with respect to the international “3Rs” initiative (reduce, recycle, reuse), Health Canada Exposure Model, draft Canadian Ecological Categorization of Organometallics, and UNEP Executive Director’s draft report.
- NAMC continuously alerts members to new issues of importance for individual metals and for metals generically.