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Save the Date for the 2015 Washington Fly-In
This year's Washington Fly-In will take place April 28-29 in Washington, D.C. Participation in the Fly-In not only helps bolster the influence of our industry on Capitol Hill, but also serves as a great opportunity for networking and education within the chemical distribution community. Be on the lookout for additional registration information in the coming weeks!
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NOTICE: NACD Reducing Email Blasts to Members
In an effort to reduce the amount of email you receive on a daily basis, NACD will significantly reduce the amount of email blasts sent to our members and Affiliates. Starting March 1, NACD will use News Brief and ChemBytes as the primary tool for communication with the membership regarding legislative and regulatory news, new member benefits and programs, upcoming events, industry news, and more. Please be sure to read these newsletters every week to stay aware of NACD news and updates. If you have employees you would like to receive News Brief and ChemBytes, please send their name, title and email address to Caitlin O'Donnell at codonnell@nacd.com.
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Regulatory Deadline — OSHA 300-A Summary Must Now Be Posted
The deadline for posting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300-A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses was 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. Click here for more information.
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NACD Legislative and Regulatory Outlook Webinar Presentation and Slides Now Available
The archived presentation and slides from last week's NACD Webinar — 2015 Regulatory and Legislative Outlook — are now available on the members' only section of the NACD website. To access this informative webinar, click here.
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Share Your Story — Chemical ReACTions
Efforts aimed at reforming the U.S. tax code have been gaining momentum in recent years. Congress has indicated comprehensive tax reform is a now a priority. As Congress moves forward on this important initiative, it is vitally important NACD advocates against the elimination of pass-through entities and last-in, first-out method of accounting. NACD encourages our members to share examples of how being organized as a pass-through entity or how using the "last-in, first-out" method of accounting helps your business, or how repealing them would hurt. Click on "Share Your Story" at www.chemreactions.com to let us know.
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NACD Signs Pro-Cybersecurity Information Sharing Coalition Letter
Ahead of the Senate's first 2015 hearing on cybersecurity information sharing, NACD joined a broad coalition of industry groups pressing the chamber to pass a cybersecurity information sharing bill quickly. Recent cyber incidents underscore the need for legislation to help businesses improve their awareness of cyber threats and to enhance their protection and response capabilities.
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REGULATORY UPDATES


Most-Cited OSHA Standards and Their Cost to Businesses
Occupational Health & Safety
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that in the year 2013, 4,405 fatal injuries happened at workplaces in the United States. The figure may seem large when considered by itself, but comparatively, it represents a reduction of almost 25 percent in fatal injuries since 2003.
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OSHA Proposes $60,500 in Penalties After Workers Exposed to Chemicals
Norwalk Reflector
Workers at Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC were exposed to dangerous chemicals, such as formaldehyde and other potential health and safety hazards, because the company failed to implement proper chemical management procedures at its Columbus plant.
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Chemical Safety Board Seeks Better Process Safety Management Requirements
Environmental Leader
Within the U.S., most chemical safety requirements are imposed by OSHA and the EPA. However, since the 1990s, the Chemcial Safety and Hazard Investigation Board has offered repeated recommendations for changes to Process Safety Management and Accidental Release Prevention, seeking clearer regulatory requirements that facility operators enhance their hazard evaluation and management efforts.
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Contract Talks for West Coast Ports Clear Major Hurdle
Reuters
Shipping companies and the union for 20,000 dockworkers at nearly 30 U.S. West Coast ports have cleared a major hurdle in their protracted labor talks, clinching a tentative deal on the maintenance and control of cargo chassis, the two sides said Tuesday.

Related: Vessels Backing Up at an Alarming Rate on the West Coast (JOC)

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Top Chemical Facility Safety Trends of 2015
Chem.Info via Manufacturing.net
As the federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has a bird's-eye view on safety trends impacting the industry. In a recent interview, CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso pinpointed three areas where he sees chemical facilities concentrating their efforts.
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Effective Jan. 30: Drivers Clear to Ditch Paper Copies of Medical Cards Upon Renewal
Overdrive
Truck operators will no longer be required to carry paper copies of their medical certification cards beginning Friday, Jan. 30, as the certification will have been integrated into drivers' CDLs.
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TSA Changes TWIC Enrollment
Go by Truck Global News
The Transportation Security Administration is making several administrative changes to the enrollment process for the Transport Worker Identification Credential program. Truck drivers who need unrestricted access to maritime facilities are required to carry a TWIC card.
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Roberts to Work with EPA on Water Rule
Agri-Pulse
Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is pledging to work with the Obama administration to try to resolve farmers' concerns about a proposed rule re-defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
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LEGISLATIVE NEWS


Senate Holds Hearing on Key Rail Safety Issues
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing last Wednesday on the safety of the U.S. freight rail system. The hearing focused on challenges facing our nation's freight rail network created by higher demand, pending and proposed rules and regulations, and infrastructure needs.
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Trade Chief Pitches 'Fast-Track' to Congress
The Hill
Last Tuesday, the nation's top trade official sought to smooth the way for passage of major international pacts, reassuring Congress the Obama administration is committed to building bipartisan support for its ambitious global trade agenda. Appearing before committees in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration wants to alleviate concerns held by lawmakers in both parties about handing President Barack Obama trade promotion authority.
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Rep. Gosar Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect U.S. Waters from Federal Overreach
Office of Congressman Paul Gosar
Last week, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S., (R-AZ) introduced H.R. 594, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which garnered 114 bipartisan cosponsors in less than 48 hours. This bill would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies from improperly expanding the Clean Water Act and seizing jurisdiction over water that is currently state-controlled or under private ownership.
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