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Top News
  • OSHA Releases Guidance on GHS Enforcement
  • NACD Lauds Passage of Indiana Legislation Acknowledging Responsible Distribution
  • 2015 Washington Fly-In Registration Now Open!
  • Spring Workshop to Feature Presentation from SBA Ombudsman
  • Agreement Reached In West Coast Ports Labor Dispute
  • NOTICE: NACD Reducing Email Blasts to Members


  • Regulatory Updates
  • EPA SNUR: Toluene Diisocyanates and Related Compounds Comment Period Extended
  • FMCSA Director Gives Preview of Safety Fitness Rule
  • FMCSA Orders Small Carrier Shut Down Due to Safety Violations
  • Derailment Complicates Regulators' Rule-Making Task
  • The Challenges Ahead: OSHA Outlook
  • 4 Northwest Companies Settle EPA Chemical Emergency Planning and Release Reporting Violations
  • Toxicology Testing Changes Prompt FDA Shift in Foodborne Chemical Risk Assessment
  • Electrostatic Hazards and Control Techniques Associated with Bulk Bags


  • Legislative News
  • Interest in Keystone Pipeline Mushrooms after Rail Cars Carrying Oil Explode
  • Congress Faces 5-Day Deadline for Funding Homeland Security
  • Following Subcommittee Hearing, Highway Bill Moves Forward





  • TOP NEWS

    OSHA Releases Guidance on GHS Enforcement
    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released important and new enforcement guidance for the Global Harmonization System (GHS)/Hazard Communication Standard’s (HCS) June 1, 2015, effective date. This guidance helps clarify OSHA's enforcement discretion policy in cases where downstream members of the chemical supply chain are unable to meet the June 1, 2015, deadline to have updated safety data sheets (SDSs) and labels because they have not received information from their suppliers despite making good faith efforts to obtain the data.
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    NACD Lauds Passage of Indiana Legislation Acknowledging Responsible Distribution
    The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) welcomed the passage of Indiana Senate Resolution 8 (S.R. 8) introduced by State Senator Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) acknowledging that chemical distributors verified under NACD Responsible Distribution® meet the mission of the state's Environmental Stewardship Program. Responsible Distribution is the association's mandatory third-party verified environmental, health, safety, and security program.
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    2015 Washington Fly-In Registration Now Open!
    This year's Washington Fly-In will take place April 28-29 in Washington, D.C. Participation in the Fly-In helps bolster the influence of our industry on Capitol Hill and also serves as a great opportunity for networking and education within the chemical distribution community. Online registration is now open, so be sure to click here and register today! A printable registration form is available here.
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    Spring Workshop to Feature Presentation from SBA Ombudsman
    In addition to the valuable Responsible Distribution sessions at the Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop, this year's revamped workshop will feature a special presentation from the Small Business Administration's Deputy National Ombudsman, Yolanda Swift. The Office of the National Ombudsman assists small businesses facing unfair or excessive federal regulatory compliance or enforcement issues such as repetitive audits or investigations, excessive fines, and retaliation. In this unique session, Swift will speak about resources the Office of the National Ombudsman provides for small businesses. Learn more and register for the Spring Workshop on March 24-25 in Anaheim, California, by clicking here.
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    Agreement Reached in West Coast Ports Labor Dispute
    NPR
    West Coast ports and the dockworkers union have reached a tentative deal after a nine-month stalemate. Sporadic work stoppages and shutdowns are expected to end, pending ratification by both sides.
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    NOTICE: NACD Reducing Email Blasts to Members
    In an effort to reduce the amount of email our members and Affiliates receive on a daily basis, NACD will significantly decrease the number of email blasts sent to you. Starting March 2, NACD will use NewsBrief and ChemBytes as the primary tools 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 whom you would like to have receive NewsBrief and ChemBytes, please send their name, title and email address to Caitlin O'Donnell at codonnell@nacd.com.
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    REGULATORY UPDATES


    EPA SNUR: Toluene Diisocyanates and Related Compounds Comment Period Extended
    EPA issued a proposed rule in the January 15, 2015, Federal Register concerning 2,4-toluene diisocyanate, 2,6-toluene diisocyanate, toluene diisocyanate unspecified isomers (these three chemical substances are hereafter referred to as toluene diisocyanates or TDI) and related compounds. This document extends the comment period for 45 days, from March 16, 2015, to April 30, 2015. EPA is extending the comment period because the agency received comments asserting there may be significant implications for the supply chain and it is critical interested stakeholders have sufficient time to respond to the proposed rulemaking. Click here for EPA's webinar on this SNUR and the potential supply chain impacts.
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    FMCSA Director Gives Preview of Safety Fitness Rule
    Commercial Carrier Journal
    Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director, Office of Enforcement and Compliance, gave some insights into what motor carriers can expect from the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rule, which the agency expects to publish in June.
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    FMCSA Orders Small Carrier Shut Down Due to Safety Violations
    Truckinginfo
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declared Sorbon Transport, a small trucking company based in Aurora, Colorado, to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered it immediately shut down on Feb. 12, according to a news release issued Wednesday.
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    Derailment Complicates Regulators' Rule-Making Task
    Roll Call
    The derailment in West Virginia of a CSX train carrying crude oil occurred at a politically sensitive point as the Obama administration is working on a long-awaited proposed regulation on tank cars that carry oil and ethanol.
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    The Challenges Ahead: OSHA Outlook
    Electrical Contractor
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is gearing up for some aggressive policy goals in the coming year. Its regulatory agenda furthers progress on a series of existing initiatives and some new areas of focus.
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    4 Northwest Companies Settle EPA Chemical Emergency Planning and Release Reporting Violations
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Four companies in the Pacific Northwest — two in Washington, one in Oregon and one in Idaho — have agreed to follow federal requirements when it comes to reporting the storage, handling, and accidental release of hazardous chemicals. The companies have agreed to correct the violations and pay fines.
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    Toxicology Testing Changes Prompt FDA Shift in Foodborne Chemical Risk Assessment
    Food Production Daily
    A "paradigm shift" in toxicology testing is changing the way scientists at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal agencies assess the risks people face from chemical contaminants in food.
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    Electrostatic Hazards and Control Techniques Associated with Bulk Bags
    HazardEx
    Bulk bags constructed with woven fabric are very widely used in industry to package, store, and ship powder and granular materials. The bags are prone to generating static charge during material loading and unloading operations, and, if allowed to accumulate, an electrostatic discharge could occur from the bag surface.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    Interest in Keystone Pipeline Mushrooms After Rail Cars Carrying Oil Explode
    Forbes
    The derailment and explosion of a train carrying more than 100 tank cars full of crude oil in West Virginia has led to the question of whether this latest rail accident will push President Barack Obama to okay the Keystone XL Pipeline — a project that has just as much symbolic significance as it does practical implications.
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    Congress Faces 5-Day Deadline for Funding Homeland Security
    The Hill
    Lawmakers returned to Washington on Monday with only five days left to prevent a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.
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    Following Subcommittee Hearing, Highway Bill Moves Forward
    The Ripon Advance
    Following last week's hearing on pending transportation legislation, Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) spoke in support of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's testimony at the hearing and advocacy for bipartisan progress on the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill.
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