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Top News
  • NACD Meets with Top Officials to Discuss Legislative, Regulatory Challenges
  • Indiana Senate Environmental Affairs Committee Passes SR 8
  • Save the Date for the 2015 Washington Fly-In
  • NOTICE: NACD Reducing Email Blasts to Members
  • FBI Offers Numerous Training Opportunities


  • Regulatory Updates
  • Regulatory Compliance Deadline – EPCRA Chemical Inventory Reports Due by March 1
  • Direct Final Rule — EPA Significant New Use Rules on 27 Chemical Substances
  • Proposed Rule — PHMSA Hazardous Materials: Adoption of Special Permits
  • EPA Region 1 Appoints 'Top Cop' for Criminal Enforcement
  • Warsaw Chemical, Site of Friday Fire, Had Been Cited for Unsafe Storage
  • Not So Fast on Med Cards: Non-CDL Commercial Drivers Still Must Carry
  • EPA's McCarthy Expects Final Waters of the U.S. Rule This Spring
  • California Schedules Chemical Warnings Hearing
  • U.S. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg Steps Down
  • FMCSA Orders South Dakota Carrier, Driver Out of Service
  • SGS Publishes White Paper on REACH SVHC Smart Solutions
  • How Well Do You Know CSA?


  • Legislative News
  • What's at Stake in TSCA Reform
  • Oversight Chairman Takes Aim at EPA
  • House GOP Chairman: Cyberattacks Now Threaten 'Every Business'





  • TOP NEWS

    NACD Meets with Top Officials to Discuss Legislative, Regulatory Challenges
    The National Association of Chemical Distributors Government Advocacy and Regulatory Affairs Committees met with key policymakers and regulators in Washington, D.C., last week to provide input and express concerns about some of the association's key priorities for the coming year. The Government Advocacy Committee met with Reps. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Cheri Bustos (D-IL) to raise the issues of highway funding reauthorization, Surface Transportation Board reform, and regulatory harmonization within and between federal agencies.
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    Indiana Senate Environmental Affairs Committee Passes S.R. 8
    On Monday, the Indiana Senate Environmental Affairs Committee passed S.R. 8, a resolution recognizing companies who participate in Responsible Distribution. The resolution will be voted on by the full Indiana State Senate in the coming weeks.
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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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    FBI Offers Numerous Training Opportunities
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering several training opportunities for chemical distributors in the coming months. The agency will host the Chemical Facility Outreach Exchange, a half-day workshop to bring together FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinators as well as the facility managers and security directors of high risk chemical facilities, in various cities across the United States. A complete list of upcoming sessions is available here.
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    REGULATORY UPDATES


    Regulatory Compliance Deadline — EPCRA Chemical Inventory Reports Due by March 1
    The deadline for facilities to submit annual chemical inventory (Tier II) reports under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) is March 1, less than three weeks from now. For more information on the requirements and submission instructions, click here.
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    Direct Final Rule — EPA Significant New Use Rules on 27 Chemical Substances
    Environmental Protection Agency
    EPA is promulgating significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 27 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). Two of these chemical substances are subject to TSCA section 5(e) consent orders issued by EPA. This action requires persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of these 27 chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity.
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    Proposed Rule — PHMSA Hazardous Materials: Adoption of Special Permits
    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
    As required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to adopt provisions contained in certain widely-used or long-standing special permits that have an established safety record.
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    EPA Region 1 Appoints 'Top Cop' for Criminal Enforcement
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Tyler Amon, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Criminal Enforcement, has been selected as the new Special Agent-in-Charge of its Area Office in Boston. He will supervise all environmental crimes investigations throughout EPA's Region 1 jurisdiction, encompassing Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
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    Warsaw Chemical, Site of Friday Fire, Had Been Cited for Unsafe Storage
    Indianapolis Star
    Since 2006, federal environmental inspectors have at least twice found hazardous or flammable chemicals stored in an unsafe manner at a Northern Indiana chemical plant where a large fire erupted Friday in an adjacent chemical-storage building.
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    Not So Fast on Med Cards: Non-CDL Commercial Drivers Still Must Carry
    Overdrive
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CDL "medical" section page in the Registration portion of its website reflects the recent change relative to driver medical cards. As reported previously, CDL holders are required to report their new medical certifications to the state driver's licensing agency and, as of Jan. 30, will only need to carry the paper copy of their medical card with them for 15 days thereafter. But that's not the case for non-CDL commercial drivers.
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    EPA's McCarthy Expects Final Waters of the U.S. Rule This Spring
    Farm Futures
    In a joint House and Senate committee hearing Feb. 4, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said she understands concern from the ag industry regarding the agency's Waters of the U.S. proposed rule. The proposal has caused a rift among not only the ag industry but also Democrats and Republicans, with the latter generally concerned that it would expand federal jurisdiction over private lands by dictating what waters would fall under jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
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    California Schedules Chemical Warnings Hearing
    Tire Business
    The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has scheduled a March 25 hearing in Sacramento on the state's plan to alter its chemical warning rules on various product labels.
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    U.S. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg Steps Down
    Reuters
    Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for almost six years has overseen public health initiatives ranging from tobacco control and food safety to personalized medicine and drug approvals, is stepping down, the agency said Feb. 5.
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    FMCSA Orders South Dakota Carrier, Driver Out of Service
    Truckinginfo
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a Mitchell, South Dakota-based trucking company and its owner-driver to be imminent hazards to public safety and ordered both to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate commercial operations.
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    SGS Publishes White Paper on REACH SVHC Smart Solutions
    PR.com
    REACH SVHC is part of a chemical safety and environmental protection regulation that is receiving considerable public attention. Product complexity and the continuous updating of the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) candidate list have laid a heavy burden on the electrical and electronics industry. The SGS E&E technology experts have released a new white paper to help readers achieve compliance with REACH SVHC requirements through risk-based evaluation.
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    How Well Do You Know CSA?
    Truckinginfo
    Considering the regulatory environment in which transportation firms do business is miles from black and white, it's no surprise that both drivers and enforcement personnel alike often are confused by the ins and outs of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) program and its relationship to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    What's at Stake in TSCA Reform
    The Pump Handle
    When negotiations over legislation to reform the 39-year-old Toxics Substance Control Act (TSCA) broke down this past fall, among the major points that remained unresolved were how a revised TSCA would treat state and other local chemicals management regulations and how — and under what timelines — the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would prioritize chemicals for safety review.
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    Oversight Chairman Takes Aim at EPA
    The Hill
    The new chairman of the House Oversight Committee has big plans to root out what he sees as pervasive and growing problems in management and overregulation at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who took the Oversight role from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) last month, said EPA officials have been "the poster children" of federal waste, fraud and abuse and his first hearing as chairman will try to expose the agency's bad behavior through its internal watchdog.
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    House GOP Chairman: Cyberattacks Now Threaten 'Every Business'
    The Hill
    U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) is responding to news that hackers breached the health insurance giant Anthem and gained access to the personal information of as many as 80 million people. Additionally, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released its draft Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals guidebook. The guidebook should help small and midsize businesses improve their cybersecurity posture.
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