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Regulatory Action Requested: Please complete NACD Regulatory Survey by Friday, January 18
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Last week, NACD members received via email a request from Regulatory Affairs Committee Chairman Cliff Wiksten to complete a Regulatory Survey. NACD recently formed the Regulatory Affairs Committee to more actively reach out to federal regulatory agencies to educate them on the chemical distribution industry and to advocate for the industry when new regulations or changes to existing regulations are being considered. The committee will also develop new regulatory compliance tools to address these issues and the needs of NACD members. The Regulatory Affairs Committee met last month and requested that NACD develop the survey in order to gauge the full impact of the regulatory universe on the membership and to help prioritize both our advocacy needs and members' compliance needs. Click here to complete this regulatory survey. More



Labor Update: NACD calls for long-term solution to East Coast port dispute
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NACD has joined with more than 100 other organizations in sending a letter to Harold Daggett, president of the International Longshoremen's Association, and James Capo, chairman and CEO of the United States Maritime Alliance, thanking the two organizations for reaching an initial agreement to avoid a port strike at the end of December and urging them to reach a long-term agreement before the next deadline of February 6. More

Regulatory Update: FDA releases major proposed rule from Food Safety Modernization Act
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On January 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a proposed rule and request for public comment on preventive controls established by the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. The proposed rule, Current Good Manufacturing Processes and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food, applies to many domestic and foreign firms that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food. The rule proposes that firms have written plans in place to identify potential hazards, put in place steps to address these hazards, verify that the steps are working and outline how to correct any problems that could arise. FDA would evaluate the plans and continue to inspect facilities to make sure the plans are being implemented properly. More

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Regulatory Update: EPA issues first draft of Chemical Risk Assessments
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On January 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the first draft risk assessments developed under the Toxic Substances Control Act Chemicals Work Plan effort. Following public comment, the agency will seek an independent, scientific peer review of the assessments before beginning to finalize them in the fall of 2013. The draft assessments focus either on human health or ecological hazards for specific uses which are subject to regulation under TSCA. More



Regulatory Update: Senators urge EPA to classify Work Plan Chemical Assessments as highly influential
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Leading Republican Senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee, including Jim Inhofe (OK), David Vitter (LA), Lamar Alexander (TN), and Mike Crapo (ID) recently sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention asking that the agency classify assessments under the Chemical Work Plan program as "highly influential." EPA classified the first set of chemical assessments, which were released on January 4, as "influential," meaning that they would be subject to a less rigorous peer review than if they had been classified as highly influential. More

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Regulatory Update: EPA issues draft pesticide notice on mold-related label claims
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Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a draft Pesticide Registration Notice titled "Guidance on Antimicrobial Pesticide Products with Mold-Related Label Claims" and is requesting comment on this document. According to EPA, once final, this draft PR Notice will provide guidance to registrants concerning product performance (efficacy) data and labeling for "mold-related" pesticide products and will provide consumers better product information with which to make an informed choice in selecting mold-related products. NACD Environmental Regulatory Partner Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. notes that the draft PR Notice has some potentially alarming implications regarding the continued use of certain claims under the treated articles exemption. Go to www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-12/pdf/2012-30023.pdf for a copy of the notice. Click here for a copy of the Bergeson & Campbell analysis.



Regulatory Update: EPA proposes revisions to minimum risk exemption for pesticides
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On December 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to more clearly describe the active and inert ingredients permitted in products eligible for the exemption from regulation for minimum risk pesticides. EPA is proposing to reorganize these lists with a focus on clarity and transparency by adding specific chemical identifiers. According to EPA, the identifiers would make it clearer to manufacturers; the public; and Federal, state and tribal inspectors which ingredients are permitted in minimum risk pesticide products. More

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    34-hour HOS restart rule front and center for ATRI survey
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    The new hours-of-service regulations are set to take effect around the middle of this year. Even a casual observer of the trucking market knows the new rules are decidedly less than popular, to say the least. Perhaps the most controversial part of the new HOS regulations is the 34-hour restart. More

    FMCSA releases Safety Management Cycle resources
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    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released new materials to assist motor carriers in identifying and addressing their safety and compliance issues. These materials include the Safety Management Cycle, an important tool that Agency Safety Investigators use during on-site investigations. The SMC is able to identify safety problems, their root causes, and safety solutions. More


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    Shrink vs. stretch: How they stack up for your pallet
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    While pallet packaging may not be the most alluring aspect of a packaging operation, choosing a pallet packaging method can significantly impact overall profitability, sustainability, and distribution chain performance. There are three recognized methods available for pallet packaging: conventional spiral stretch-wrapping, heat shrink-hooding, and stretch-hooding. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages depending on the specific application. More

    EPA finalizes boiler rule
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    After years of delay, the Environmental Protection Agency has finalized tough air pollution standards for large industrial boilers found at oil refineries, chemical plants, and other manufacturing facilities. But the soonest the rules can take effect is 2016. More



    Changes expected at EPA, DOE
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Four years ago, President Barack Obama said his energy and environmental advisers would work to develop a "new hybrid economy" based on wind, solar and other renewable energy sources. Now Lisa Jackson has announced her exit as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who faced congressional criticism over green-energy programs, could follow. Obama may end up assembling a second- term team for a different task: how to manage the boom in U.S. production of oil and natural gas. More

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    Untouched inventory: Finding opportunity through inventory analysis
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    Effectively planning and managing inventory is a core competency for any successful distributor. Excessively high levels of inventory can cause unwanted pressure on cash flow and operations. At the other extreme, running inventory too low hurts service levels and creates the risk of losing customers. The challenge of planning and managing inventory levels, therefore, is finding the right balance between responsible levels of inventory while managing the risk of service failures (back-orders). More
     

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