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Legislative update: TSCA reform debate resumes in 2011 with first hearing
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Last Thursday, the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics, and Environmental Health, chaired by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., held the first Toxic Substances Control Act hearing of the 112th Congress, "Assessing the Effectiveness of U.S. Chemical Safety Laws." Witnesses included Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator Steve Owens, who heads the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, American Chemistry Council President Cal Dooley, and others from industry and environmental organizations. More



Legislative update: First 2011 chemical security hearing to be held
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On Friday, Feb. 11, the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, chaired by Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., will hold the first chemical security hearing of the 112th Congress, "Preventing Chemical Terrorism: Building A Foundation of Security At Our Nation's Chemical Facilities." Witnesses will include the Department of Homeland Security, Dow Chemical, a chemical engineer, and a representative of a water company that adopted "inherently safer technologies." More

Regulatory update: NACD signs appeal of HM-233B final rule on DOT special permits
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Last week, NACD joined with the Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles, the American Pyrotechnics Association, the Agricultural Retailers Association, and the Institute of Makers of Explosives in filing an appeal of the Department of Transportation Final Rule HM-233B, which would require applicants for DOT special permits to provide additional information. More

Regulatory update: NACD signs letters to House Oversight Committee and OMB on problems with DOT special permit and approvals programs
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Late last month, NACD joined with 10 other hazardous materials transportation associations in sending letters to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew about problems with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's special permits and approvals programs. More

Regulatory compliance reminder: OSHA 300 logs must be posted Feb. 1 - April 30
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Many chemical distributors are required to post OSHA 300 logs every year. Remember to review your OSHA 300 log to verify that all of your information is accurate. Once your company certifies that your 300 logs are complete, be sure to post the summary. OSHA requires that this summary be posted from Feb. 1 - April 30 in a place where employee notices are customarily posted. More



New issue of Chemical Distributor now available online
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The January/February 2011 issue of the Chemical Distributor will be mailed this week. If you would like to read it now, click here for the online version. You will be prompted for your username and password. More

Free Responsible Distribution webinar
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Mark your calendars for March 1, 2-3 p.m. EST, for a special free webinar, "Don't Talk to the Media Until…Secrets You Need to Know Before You Open Your Mouth to a Reporter." Gerard Braud, author of "Don't Talk to the Media Until…" empowers you to be a great communicator. More


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Wall Street boosts 2011 earnings forecasts for chemical companies
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Wall Street analysts are raising 2011 profit expectations for U.S.-based chemical companies on continuing momentum following a strong fourth quarter. Most companies posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings on strong volumes and prices. More

USDOT converts widely used hazmat transportation permits into federal regulations
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced another step in its efforts to improve the safe transport of hazardous materials by incorporating the provisions of six widely used cargo tank special permits into Federal Hazardous Materials regulations. This new regulation will cut down on thousands of special permit applications per year. More

Global renewable chemicals market is estimated to reach $67 billion in 2015
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The global renewable chemicals market is estimated to reach $67.13 billion in 2015, from about $38.67 billion in 2010. The alcohols segment holds the largest market share, while the polymers segment is expected to have the highest growth rate due to the increasing applications of bio-polymers in the manufacture of biodegradable and compostable plastics and in consumer goods such as cell phones and laptops. More
 
 

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