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Regulatory resources: Registration now available for Feb. 28 webinar on Clean Air Act General Duty Clause
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On Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. EST, NACD will host a free webinar, "The Clean Air Act Section 112(r) General Duty Clause — What You Need to Know." The General Duty Clause under Section 112 (r)(1) expands the range of activities the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is authorized to undertake to assure chemical safety, often in ways not fully understood by regulated entities. To ensure that you know what is expected under the GDC before EPA auditors knock on your door, sign up today for this important webinar. More

Regulatory resources: EPCRA webinar archive, slides and Q&As now available
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The archived recording is now available from NACD's recent webinar, "Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act — More to This Law Than TRI Reports." During this webinar, Kathleen Roberts of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. reviewed basic Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act reporting obligations, what these requirements mean to NACD member companies, and how the reported information is used by federal, state, local and private entities. More

Regulatory update: Feb. 1 is deadline to post OSHA 300-A summary
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The deadline for posting the OSHA 300-A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses is Feb. 1. The OSHA 300-A is used to summarize the entries from the full OSHA From 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. OSHA requires companies to post this form no later than Feb. 1 each year and keep it posted through April 30 in a conspicuous place where employee notices are typically posted. The 300-A form must be completed even if there were no injuries or illnesses during the previous year. More

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Legislative update: House committee to hold Feb. 3 hearing on CFATS implementation
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On Friday, Feb. 3, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on CFATS implementation challenges. This hearing, "Evaluating Internal Operation and Implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program (CFATS) by the Department of Homeland Security," follows an internal DHS report that was leaked to Fox News in December that identified numerous problems with the program. More

Regulatory update: EPA and OSHA continue to impose substantial penalties on industry
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced additional severe penalties on industry for regulatory violations. EPA announced that the Oregon Potato Company would pay $66,235 for failure to report a release of approximately 300 pounds of anhydrous ammonia in violation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. Also, OSHA announced the citation of Loveland Products Inc., for 25 safety violations, 14 of which relate directly to the agency's Process Safety Management standard for highly hazardous chemicals. OSHA also found compliance audits to be insufficient and that the employer failed to follow up on compliance audit findings. OSHA has proposed penalties totaling $148,000. More

State update: 28 states to consider chemical bills in 2012
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Safer States, a coalition of state-based environmental organizations, has announced that legislators in 28 states have introduced or would introduce 70 bills to ban, restrict or require more disclosure on chemicals. According to the organization, at least 13 states will consider measures to identify and reduce exposures to chemicals of concern, including prioritizing chemicals for state action; and at least 20 will consider bills to ban or restrict the use of bisphenol-A in food packaging and receipt paper. Over the past nine years, more than 80 chemical bills have already been enacted in the states. More

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OMB extends review period for OSHA's GHS hazard communication revision    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget has officially extended its review period for OSHA's revised Hazard Communication Standard. The pending final rule for Hazard Communication was submitted to the OMB on Oct. 25, 2011 by OSHA. The OMB then had 90 days to either rule on the revised regulations or to extend the review period. The 90 days was set to expire this week and it now appears that the OMB has officially extend the review period. This extension of the review period is an extremely common action from the OMB and now allows them to almost indefinitely extend the time frame. More

Chemical manufacturers, advocates split on EPA approach to high-volume chemicals
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Environmental health advocates strongly support the Environmental Protection Agency's October proposal to couple two regulatory approaches to secure information about 45 high-production-volume chemicals. Chemical manufacturers, however, object to the agency's proposed approach. It could lead to duplicative reporting requirements and require some manufacturers to pay for tests of their chemicals while others making the same compound would not have to, they said in comments submitted to EPA. More

War of words over looming EPA dioxin study
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With the EPA's deadline arriving, a war of words has erupted over whether the agency should go ahead with a dioxin study decades in the making. The chemical industry and a number of food groups have written the EPA administrator saying the anticipated standards would be misleading and bad for business. More

Chemical companies hold on to the hope of a restocking cycle
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It's not going to be a pretty fourth quarter earnings season for the chemical sector. U.S.-based DuPont slightly beat Wall Street profit expectations but saw a 10 percent year-on-year decline in volumes, which was largely offset by higher pricing. U.S.-based Celanese gave a profit warning for upcoming fourth-quarter results. Many companies will hang on to the hope that restocking will start to propel volumes and earnings upward through the year. While this is not unreasonable, growth in underlying demand will be needed to make any recovery sustainable. More

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