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Top News
  • NACD Urges DOT to Withdraw Proposal to Prohibit Comingled Shipments
  • Legislative Report: Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
  • 2015 Washington Fly-In Registration Now Open!
  • OSHA Will Answer Your Hazard Communication/GHS Questions During April 2 NACD Webinar
  • Bergeson & Campbell to Host April 2 Webinar on OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Enforcement Guidance


  • Regulatory Updates
  • DOT Issues Urgent Directive Banning Use of Specified Rail Car Valves
  • Over Public Opposition, EPA Extends Clean Water Act to Ponds, Ditches
  • RCRA Is a Mess
  • CSA Data Now Available for Mobile Devices
  • EPA — Comment Deadline Extended for Proposed SNUR on Long Chain Chemicals
  • New Proposition 65 Regulations Being Considered in California


  • Legislative News
  • A Bipartisan Move to Strengthen Freight Rail Regulation
  • House Passes 'Secret Science' Bill
  • Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Calls for Chemical Safety Board Firings





  • TOP NEWS


    NACD Urges DOT to Withdraw Proposal to Prohibit Comingled Shipments
    Today, NACD filed comments with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) urging the agency to withdraw a proposed rule that would prohibit the shipment of two or more chemicals in the same vehicle. In the comments, NACD said PHMSA failed to provide evidence this prohibition is necessary to improve safety, failed to recognize the potential enormous scope of the change, and failed to consider the substantial costs and increased congestion that would result from the revision.
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    Legislative Report: Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
    Recently, U.S. Senators Vitter (R-LA) and Udall (D-NM) introduced the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (CS21) to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), our nation's primary chemicals management law. To explain NACD's position on this bipartisan bill, the association put together a legislative report on CS21, available here. NACD Regulatory Compliance Preferred Provider Bergeson & Campbell PC also produced a more detailed analysis of the legislation, available here.
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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 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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    OSHA Will Answer Your Hazard Communication/GHS Questions During April 2 NACD Webinar
    Register today for the next NACD regulatory webinar, Preparing for June 1, 2015: OSHA's Hazard Communication Enforcement for Distributors. This free webinar will take place 11 a.m. – Noon EDT on Thursday, April 2. During the session, OSHA officials will discuss and answer questions about its recently-issued Hazard Communication Standard enforcement guidance.
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    Bergeson & Campbell to Host April 2 Webinar on OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Enforcement Guidance
    NACD Preferred Compliance Provider Bergeson & Campbell, P.C (B&C) will host a webinar (separate from NACD's 11 a.m. webinar) on Thursday, April 2, from 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) recently published "Enforcement Guidance for the Hazard Communication Standard's (HCS) June 1, 2015, Effective Date" (Guidance). The webinar will cover steps companies should take between now and June 1, 2015, to comply fully with HCS, or else to document sufficient diligence toward full compliance to avoid enforcement action. Register for this timely webinar here.
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    REGULATORY UPDATES


    DOT Issues Urgent Directive Banning Use of Specified Rail Car Valves
    Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published an urgent Railworthiness Directive in the Federal Register for Railroad Tank Cars Equipped with Certain McKenzie Valve & Machining LLC Valves. The directive specifies that 3-inch UNNR valves that have no bushing between the valve and the plug may not be offered for transport, effective immediately.
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    Over Public Opposition, EPA Extends Clean Water Act to Ponds, Ditches
    The Washington Times
    The Environmental Protection Agency took public opposition to plans to extend its regulatory reach to ditches and ponds "extremely seriously" but will forge ahead anyway, a top agency official told Congress March 18.
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    RCRA Is a Mess
    Foley Hoag LLP via JD Supra
    In a potentially significant opinion in March, in Little Hocking Water Association v. DuPont, Judge Algenon Marbley gave hope to citizen plaintiffs everywhere, with a remarkably expansive reading of the imminent and substantial endangerment language in RCRA's citizen suit provision.
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      PRODUCT SHOWCASES
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    CSA Data Now Available for Mobile Devices
    Fleet Owner
    Even as the trucking industry, outside auditors and now Congress question the reliability and effectiveness of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is making its carrier data more readily accessible to the public.
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    EPA – Comment Deadline Extended for Proposed SNUR on Long Chain Chemicals
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register Jan. 21, 2015, concerning long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) chemical substances and perfluoroalkyl sulfonate (PFAS) chemical substances. This document extends the comment period for 90 days, from March 23, 2015, to June 26, 2015. The comment period is being extended because EPA received several comments asserting that there may be significant implications for the supply chain and it is critical that interested stakeholders have sufficient time to respond to the proposed rulemaking.
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    New Proposition 65 Regulations Being Considered in California
    Natural Products Insider
    For nearly three decades, California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as "Proposition 65," has, under specified conditions, required businesses that sell or distribute products in California to provide warnings for products that contain chemicals "known to the state" to cause cancer or reproductive harm.

    Related: AB 1252 Will Help Stop Prop. 65 Shakedown Lawsuits (Fox & Hounds)

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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    A Bipartisan Move to Strengthen Freight Rail Regulation
    Roll Call
    Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), respectively the chairman and ranking member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, are responding to complaints by co-sponsoring a bill to beef up the Surface Transportation Board, the regulatory agency responsible for matters such as railroad rates, mergers, and construction of new rail lines.
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    House Passes 'Secret Science' Bill
    The Hill
    The House on March 18 easily passed its bill to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from using "secret science," despite a veto threat from the Obama administration.
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    Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Calls for Chemical Safety Board Firings
    Government Executive
    The woes of the Chemical Safety Board intensified on Thursday with the release of a bipartisan letter from 14 members of the House Oversight and Government Reform panel calling on President Barack Obama to fire three of the board's top officials, including Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso.
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