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Top News
  • NACD Applauds Surface Transportation Board Legislation Markup in Senate
  • 2015 Washington Fly-In Registration Now Open!
  • Last Chance to Register for Hazard Communication/GHS Webinar with OSHA
  • Bergeson & Campbell to Host April 2 Webinar on OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Enforcement Guidance


  • Regulatory Updates
  • Obama's Chemical Agency Chief Resigns Under Pressure
  • New Webinar Recording Available: Understanding EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Regulations
  • EPA Requests Comment to Improve Regulations
  • EPA Seeks Input on Potential Rule Banning or Restricting Use of NMP and Methylene Chloride in Paint and Coating Removal
  • EPA Issues Proposed Interim Registration Review Decisions
  • EPA Seeks Renewal of EPCRA
  • Control of Nanoscale Materials Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
  • OSHA Proposes to Incorporate Most Recent ANSI Standards for Eye and Face Protection


  • Legislative News
  • Congress Updates Generalized System of Preferences
  • Gov. Tomblin Signs SB 423, Amending the Aboveground Storage Tank Act





  • TOP NEWS

    NACD Applauds Surface Transportation Board Legislation Markup in Senate
    The National Association of Chemical Distributors welcomes the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation markup of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 808). The measure strives to make the STB function better for shippers by expanding the number of board members for the STB from three to five, increasing transparency, and making changes to the arbitration and investigation provisions of previous STB reform legislation. S. 808 was adopted and reported favorably out of the committee without amendment.
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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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    Last Chance to Register for Hazard Communication/GHS Webinar with OSHA
    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 this coming Thursday, April 2. During the session, OSHA officials will discuss and answer questions about its recently-issued Hazard Communication Standard enforcement guidance. Per OSHA guidelines, THIS WEBINAR WILL NOT BE RECORDED. Make sure you attend this valuable session!
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      GHS Compliant Labeling Solutions

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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) this 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


    Obama's Chemical Agency Chief Resigns Under Pressure
    The Hill
    The embattled chairman of the Chemical Safety Board resigned March 26 after President Barack Obama asked him to step down, a White House official said. Obama sought Rafael Moure-Eraso's resignation after intense pressure from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress following numerous allegations that he broke the law and was an ineffective, dysfunctional and hostile leader.
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    New Webinar Recording Available: Understanding EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Regulations
    Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, chemical distributors that generate, transport, or dispose of hazardous waste must follow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's strict standards and procedures for the handling, storage, treatment, and disposal of these materials. In December, MMA Environmental's Scott Perkins hosted a webinar outlining RCRA, how to determine whether your facility is subject to RCRA requirements and how to stay compliant. The recording can be found under "Facility Process Safety" on the Regulatory Compliance Resources page.
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      PRODUCT SHOWCASES
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    Banjo’s 2” standard port valve allows for multiple trips. Featuring all PTFE seals which offers excellent chemical resistance! With a 100 PSI maximum pressure rating the valve has a 2” male NPT thread on the inlet side to thread directly into the tank with a 2” male quick disconnect outlet.
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    This innovative and interactive new software is our solution to assist mid-sized chemical compounders, blenders and formulators in easily implementing OSHA’s new GHS HazCom standards. ChemScribe™ allows for the transferal into and population of GHS-compliant safety data sheets and packaging labels within an easy-to-use software product that businesses can afford.

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    EPA Requests Comment to Improve Regulations
    On March 9, 2015, EPA issued a request for comment on its periodic retrospective review of regulations. EPA intends this request for comment to focus on "how the agency can promote regulatory modernization through business-process streamlining facilitated by improved technology." Contact Theresa Forbes, tforbes@nacd.com, or Jennifer Gibson, jgibson@nacd.com, by Friday, April 3, to provide your input.
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    EPA Seeks Input for Potential Rule Banning or Restricting the Use of N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) and Methylene Chloride for Use in Paint and Coating Removal
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations from individuals who represent small businesses, small governments, and small not-for-profit organizations to provide input to a federal panel that will explore risk reduction in the use of NMP and methylene chloride for paint or coating removal.
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    EPA Issues Proposed Interim Registration Review Decisions
    Federal Register
    This notice announces the availability of EPA's proposed interim registration review decisions on certain pesticides and opens a public comment period on the proposed interim decisions. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration.
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    EPA Seeks Renewal of EPCRA
    Federal Register
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), "Community Right-to-Know Reporting Requirements under Sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) (Renewal)" (EPA ICR No. 1352.13, OMB Control No. 2050-0072) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2015.
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    Control of Nanoscale Materials Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    EPA issued a proposed rule under TSCA section 8(a) to require reporting and recordkeeping information on certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed as nanoscale materials.
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    OSHA Proposes to Incorporate Most Recent ANSI Standards for Eye and Face Protection
    J.J. Keller & Associates
    On March 13, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to update its general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring, and construction eye and face protection standards by incorporating by reference the three most recent versions of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection standard.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    Congress Updates Generalized System of Preferences
    The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are on recess until April 13. Before leaving DC, there were a few new developments relating to Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).
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    Gov. Tomblin Signs SB 423, Amending the Aboveground Storage Tank Act
    The Associated Press via WDTV
    West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill to scale back a law safeguarding against chemical spills from aboveground tanks. The legislature overwhelmingly approved the bill two weeks ago.
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