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Registration now open for the 2012 Washington Fly-In, May 16-17
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Online registration is now open for the 2012 NACD Washington Fly-In. Click here to see the fun you could have this year with NACD peers, telling Congress how regulations affect your company! The two-day event kicks off at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, and concludes the afternoon of May 17. Hear former Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., speak about her work with the National Federation of Independent Business addressing the impact of regulatory burdens on small businesses on May 16. Thursday will be your full day of congressional office visits on Capitol Hill, after a breakfast with a special guest speaker (TBA) at the Capitol Hill Club on May 17. Again this year: Join your NACD colleagues and many members of Congress at a special Congressional Reception Wednesday night! Register online now by clicking here. If you have any questions, or need more information, please contact NACD Manager of Grassroots and Political Programs, Elizabeth O'Neal, at, or 571-482-3046.

Regulatory resources — It's not too late to register for the NACD Product Segregation webinar
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There is still time to register for the free NACD webinar, Product Segregation in the Warehouse — EPA Expectations and Resource Guidance. This webinar, to take place from 2 to 3:15 p.m on Tuesday, March 27, is the final webinar in the NACD series on key Environmental Protection Agency enforcement issues. It is a common misconception that the EPA lacks authority over storage and segregation of chemicals in warehouses. This misconceived notion can lead to trouble, as the EPA increases enforcement under several regulatory programs that establish expectations for segregating chemicals in warehouses. More

Regulatory resources — Recording of Feb. 28 General Duty Clause webinar now available
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The full recording of the Feb. 28 webinar, The Clean Air Act Section 112(r) General Duty Clause — What You Need to Know is now available on the NACD members' only government affairs advocacy resources Web page at The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has increasingly been using its General Duty Clause authority under the Clean Air Act to cite and fine chemical facilities. More

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Regulatory update — DEA increases chemical registration and re-registration fees
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On March 15, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration published a final rule in the Federal Register raising chemical registration and re-registration fees. The agency states that more than five years have passed since the last fee adjustment and that the increases are necessary to recover the costs of the Diversion Control Program relating to the registration and control of the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, importation and exportation of controlled substances and List I chemicals as mandated by the Controlled Substances Act. The fee adjustment becomes effective on April 16, 2012. For a copy of the final rule with details, go to

Legislative update — NACD asks house appropriators not to redirect hazardous materials registration fees
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Last week, NACD joined other members of the Interested Parties for Hazardous Materials Transportation group in sending a letter to the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee staff expressing opposition to a proposal to give the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration the ability to transfer unexpended funds in the hazardous materials registration fee account to other unauthorized purposes within the agency. Under current law, the amounts collected through hazardous materials registration fees must be deposited in the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Fund. PHMSA substantially increased these fees in 2010, and as of Sept. 30, 2011, there was over $15 million in unexpended funds in the registration fee account. More

Regulatory update — EPA announces results of inert ingredient test orders issued under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program
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On March 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a Federal Register notice concerning the results from the inert ingredient test orders issued under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program. In January and February 2010, the EPA issued test orders for the following nine chemicals currently used as inert ingredients in pesticide products: acetone; isophorone, di-sec-octyl phthalate; toluene; methyl ethyl ketone; butyl benzyl phthalate; dibutyl phthalate; diethyl phthalate; and dimethyl phthalate. The test orders required recipients to submit specific screening data on hormonal effects under the EDSP and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. More

Regulatory update — EPA proposes elimination of self-audit policy
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Because of budget challenges, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in its FY2013 Draft National Program Manager Guidance is considering reducing the self-disclosure program under the agency's audit policy. The agency says that the disclosures being made through the self-disclosure program are not in high-priority enforcement areas that pose the greatest threats to public health and the environment, such as emissions from coal fired plants. The EPA says that most self-disclosures have been made under Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act. Under the self-reporting policy, the EPA had been willing to reduce or even eliminate the gravity component of civil penalties. Elimination of this program is a concern for industry as it will remove the incentive for self-disclosure and the opportunity for reduced penalties.

Regulatory update — EPA revokes testing requirements for certain high-production volume chemicals
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On Friday, March 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a direct final rule in the Federal Register revoking certain testing requirements for six chemical substances and all the testing requirements for four chemical substances. More

  General Business Interest

Fracking rules could slow oil, gas drilling
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The oil and gas industry is fighting hard for fracking, a drilling method that's boosted U.S. energy production while outraging environmentalists. As proposed, the regulations would reduce overall drilling for natural gas using hydraulic fracturing by more than half in the U.S., according to the API study. This method, not-so-affectionately known as fracking, involves pumping water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure in order to crack open rock layers and give wells access to oil or natural gas. More

US intermodal rail volume up 4.2 percent
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Intermodal volume hauled by major U.S. railroads rose 4.2 percent year-over-year in the week ending March 10, while traffic dipped slightly on a week-to-week basis, according to the Association of American Railroads. Intermodal traffic so far this year is up 2.3 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Carload traffic last week fell 4.8 percent year-over-year and dropped 1.6 percent from the week prior. More

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