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Top News
  • 2015 Washington Fly-In Online Registration Opens Tomorrow!
  • Regulatory Compliance Deadline – EPCRA Chemical Inventory Reports Due by March 1
  • Need to Know About Current Regulations and What's Ahead? Find Out at the Spring Workshop!
  • Your Input Needed on PHMSA Hazmat Regulations Amendment
  • NACD Signs Coalition Letter Calling for STB Reform Legislation


  • Regulatory Updates
  • EPA Webinar on 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Final Rule This Thursday
  • Freight-Handling Company Faces $179K in Penalties for OSHA Confined Spaces and Fall Hazard Violations
  • West Coast Ports Closing for 4 Days Due to Labor Strife
  • CSB Chair Steps Down, Outlines Common Factors Contributing to Major Accidents
  • From Bad to Worse at Scandal-Ridden Safety Agency
  • Inspector General to Begin Oversight of FMCSA's 34-Hour Restart Study
  • EPA Is Improving Public Access to (YOUR) Environmental Inspection and Compliance Data
  • Request for Comments: International Manufacturing and Distributing Restrictions on Certain Drug Substances
  • NHTSA's Stability Control Rule Sent to OMB
  • FMCSA Names Committee to Develop Entry-Level Driver Training Rule


  • Legislative News
  • House Sends Keystone to Obama
  • DOT Chief Pleads to Congress for Boost in Transportation Funding





  • TOP NEWS

    2015 Washington Fly-In Online Registration Opens Tomorrow!
    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. Online registration opens tomorrow, so be on the lookout for an email with additional information! Click here for a printable registration form.
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    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 two weeks from now. For more information on the requirements and submission instructions, click here.
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    Need to Know About Current Regulations and What's Ahead? Find Out at the Spring Workshop!
    Back by popular demand, the Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop will feature sessions on the regulatory hot topics that matter to your company. Theresa Forbes, NACD's manager of regulatory affairs, will present an overview of the current regulatory landscape and forecast what's ahead, including the upcoming Hazcom2012 GHS Deadline, the Chemical Executive Order, and more. The Chemical Industry Council of California will also present an overview of the legislative and regulatory issues impacting chemical distributor companies that do business in California. Hear this and more on March 24-25 in Anaheim, California, by registering now.
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    Your Input Needed on PHMSA Hazmat Regulations Amendment
    The Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) proposal to amend the current hazardous materials regulations will create a significant burden for chemical distributors. Click here for a brief summary of the provision, its potential impacts and input we need from you. Please provide information to NACD by Friday, Feb. 27, by emailing Tforbes@nacd.com.
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    NACD Signs Coalition Letter Calling for STB Reform Legislation
    Last week, NACD joined with 33 industry associations urging U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, to introduce legislation that would reform and reauthorize the Surface Transportation Board (STB).
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    REGULATORY UPDATES


    EPA Webinar on 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Final Rule This Thursday
    Topic: Overview of 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Final Rule — RCRA Hazardous Waste Recycling
    Date: Thursday, Feb. 19
    Time: 2 to 3 p.m. (EST)
    Audio Information: Dial-in Toll Free: 1 (866)528-5873
    Conference Code: 67723393
    Webinar Link: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/dswfinalrule/

    NACD's overview of the final rule can be found here. For more information on the rulemaking, click here.

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    Freight-Handling Company Faces $179K in Penalties for OSHA Confined Spaces and Fall Hazard Violations
    U.S. Department of Labor
    Employees at Reynolds Nationwide risked potentially lethal suffocation caused by dangerous fumes as the company did not test the atmosphere and properly ventilate the air in food transport tankers before allowing workers to enter. After receiving an employee complaint, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated an investigation on Aug. 6, 2014, at the London tank-cleaning facility.
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    West Coast Ports Closed for 4 Days Due to Labor Strife
    The Hill
    Ports along the West Coast closed for four days over the Presidents Day holiday weekend due to a labor standoff, threatening the flow of cargo packages to cities across the U.S.
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    CSB Chair Steps Down, Outlines Common Factors Contributing to Major Accidents
    Occupational Health & Safety
    Rafael Moure-Eraso, who chairs the federal Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, and board member Manual Ehrlich briefed Houston media Feb. 5 on CSB's ongoing investigation of the methyl mercaptan release at DuPont's La Porte facility on Nov. 15, 2014, that killed four workers.
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    From Bad to Worse at Scandal-Ridden Safety Agency
    Government Executive
    The independent agency that investigates chemical accidents is under fire from seemingly every corner of the government — from the White House on down.
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    Inspector General to Begin Oversight of FMCSA's 34-Hour Restart Study
    Commercial Carrier Journal
    The Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General announced Feb. 10 it will soon begin an audit of FMCSA’s Congressionally required study of the 2013-implemented rules governing drivers' use of a 34-hour HOS restart.
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    EPA Is Improving Public Access to (YOUR) Environmental Inspection and Compliance Data
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Environmental & Safety Law Update
    Marion Herz, the Chief of Staff for EPA's Office of Compliance, blogged that EPA has launched a new compliance website to "make it easier to stay informed about our work and to share tools that can help companies and others follow the law."
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    Request for Comments: International Manufacturing and Distributing Restrictions on Certain Drug Substances
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing interested persons with the opportunity to submit written comments and to request an informal public meeting concerning recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) to impose international manufacturing and distributing restrictions, under international treaties, on certain drug substances. The comments received in response to this notice and/or public meeting will be considered in preparing the United States position on these proposals for a meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, Austria, in March 2015.
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    NHTSA's Stability Control Rule Sent to OMB
    Transport Topics
    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced Feb. 6 that a rule that would require stability control systems on trucks and buses was forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for review.
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    FMCSA Names Committee to Develop Entry-Level Driver Training Rule
    Commercial Carrier Journal
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced this week it has composed a 26-member group — representing carriers, drivers, labor, driving schools and safety organizations — to the committee tasked with developing an entry-level driver training rule.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    House Sends Keystone to Obama
    The Hill
    The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to approve legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, setting up the first major veto of Barack Obama's presidency. The legislation was not sent to the White House until after Presidents Day recess to prevent Obama from vetoing it while lawmakers were away from Washington.
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    DOT Chief Pleads to Congress for Boost in Transportation Funding
    The Hill
    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx pushed lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House last Wednesday to pass a long-term bill to boost U.S. infrastructure funding for the first time in nearly a decade.
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