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Regulatory update: NACD joins others in commenting on DHS Personnel Surety proposal
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NACD and 12 other industry organizations sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget expressing concerns about a recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security information collection request on its proposed Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Personnel Surety Program. The PSP would require facilities to submit to DHS personally-identifying information on individuals seeking access to restricted areas and critical assets at facilities. More



Regulatory update: DOT denies industry petition on special permit safety fitness criteria
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has denied a Petition for Rulemaking that NACD and several other industry organizations filed with the agency last December to subject DOT Special Permit and Approval Standard Operating Procedures to regular notice and comment. More

Regulatory update: EPA proposes significant new use rule for 14 chemicals classified as glymes
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On July 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to require companies to report new uses of 14 chemicals known as glymes in consumer products. Glymes are chemicals used in a wide array of applications including printing ink, paints and coatings, adhesives, household batteries and motor vehicle brake systems. More

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Legislative update: House committee approves bill to require cumulative economic assessments of EPA regulations
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The House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011 (TRAIN Act) by a bipartisan vote of 33-13. This legislation requires an interagency committee to analyze the cumulative impacts of major new Environmental Protection Agency rules on the economy, jobs and energy prices. More

Legislative update: Bill to study and ban uses of endocrine disruptors introduced
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Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., have introduced the Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Elimination Act. This legislation, S. 1361/H.R. 2521, would establish an Endocrine Disruption Expert Panel to study up to 10 chemicals per year that potentially cause endocrine disorders. Any chemical that is deemed a high level of concern would be banned from use after two years unless the exposure to humans is mitigated. More



Regulatory update: NLRB holds hearing on proposed 'ambush election' rules
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The National Labor Relations Board is holding a hearing on proposed "ambush election" rules. These recently proposed rules would make it easier for union organizers to succeed in their efforts to establish unions in more workplaces. More


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Chemical companies warned about fraudulent letters from FBI
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Members of the chemical community are asked to be on the lookout after two U.S.-based chemical companies received letters from an entity claiming to be FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. The fraudulent letters were emailed to two major chemical companies located in Missouri and Virginia asking that the companies send $350 to the Department of Homeland Security to pay for a Clearance Certificate. The letter threatened legal actions including questioning by an FBI agent, arrest and detainment unless the recipients responded within 24 hours. More

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EPA under fire over drinking water contaminants
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not taken adequate steps to assure the safety of public drinking water because of "systemic limitations" and politicization. These are the conclusions of a report from the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm. More

US factory output flat in June
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U.S manufacturing activity was flat in June, the Federal Reserve said, although utility and mining output pushed overall industrial production up 0.2 percent from May. The report was the latest suggesting growth in manufacturing, a bright spot in the economic recovery, is starting to slow. The total industrial operating rate was unchanged at 76.7 percent. More



American Chemistry Council: US economic recovery likely to continue
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U.S. economic activity is likely to recover from the current "soft patch" in the second half of 2011, driving healthy chemical demand, the chief economist of the American Chemistry Council said recently. "We see a recovery in most end-use sectors, with particular strength is capital goods, which is driving basic chemicals," said ACC chief economist Kevin Swift during a conference call on its mid-year outlook. More
 
 

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