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Regulatory Update: NACD Files Comments on Chemical Executive Order and Process Safety Management Information Requests
Yesterday, NACD filed two sets of comments with the Obama Administration on documents related to White House Executive Order 13650 – Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. First, the association filed comments to the Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group in response to Executive Order Section 6(a) – Solicitation of Public Input on Options for Policy, Regulation, and Standards Modernization. In these comments, NACD provided thorough input on the various options proposed in the Section 6(a) document regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Process Safety Management, the Environmental Protection Agency's Risk Management Program, and Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards regulations; leveraging industry programs such as NACD's Responsible Distribution; and ways to identify facilities covered under existing process safety and security regulations.
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Legislative Update: House Subcommittee to Vote on CFATS Authorization Bill This Week
The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies will hold a markup on H.R. 4007, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014 this Thursday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. NACD supports this bill that will help fix the CFATS Personnel Surety Program as well as provide greater certainty for industry and government through a multi-year authorization. You can help too! Please click here to write a letter to your representatives urging them to support H.R. 4007 today.
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Regulatory Resources: Last Chance to Register for Thursday's Webinar on Chemical Executive Order
There is still time to register for this week's NACD webinar on White House Executive Order 13650 – Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. During the webinar, which will take place at 12 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 3, NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson will provide an update on the regulatory impacts the Executive Order may have on NACD members. She will also highlight points made in the comments NACD filed regarding the EO earlier this week and discuss the next steps in the process.
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Regulatory Resources: Last Chance to Register for Next Week's Responsible Distribution Workshop with Regulatory Sessions
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Regulatory Update: EPA Withdraws Proposed SNUR on Vinylidene Esters
On March 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the withdrawal of a significant new use rule proposed under the Toxic Substances Control Act for chemical substances generically identified as vinylidene esters. These substances were the subject of premanufacture notices P-12-298 and P-12-299. The SNUR, which the EPA proposed in April 2013, would have limited the production of the two substances because of concerns that their release into the environment could be harmful to aquatic organisms. The agency is now withdrawing the SNUR because the manufacturer of the substances submitted test data demonstrating that they would not harm aquatic life. For a copy of the withdrawal notice, click here.
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Regulatory Update: FMCSA Officially Publishes Electronic Logging Device Proposed Rule
On Friday, March 28, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially published in the Federal Register its proposed rule to require the use of electronic logging devices to track hours-of-service. FMCSA announced the new ELD proposal on March 13. The proposed rule supersedes a 2011 version that was stopped by a U.S. Court because of a lawsuit on the issue of driver harassment. The proposed rule would establish minimum performance and design standards for HOS ELDs; requirements for the mandatory use of these devices by drivers currently required to prepare HOS records of duty status; requirements concerning HOS supporting documents; and measures to address concerns about harassment resulting from the mandatory use of ELDs. Comments are due on the proposed rule by May 27, 2014. Click here to read FMCSA's press release on the issue. To read the full proposal, click here.
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Legislative Update: House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Hazardous Materials Transportation
On Wednesday, April 2, the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will meet at 2 p.m. EDT for a hearing to consider issues regarding Hazardous Materials Transportation Act reauthorization. The subcommittee is expected to develop HMTA reauthorization legislation this year to be included in a larger surface transportation bill. Witnesses for Thursday's hearing include The Honorable Cynthia Quarterman, Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; William F. Downey of Kenan Advantage Group, Inc., on behalf of the American Trucking Associations; Thomas E. Schick of the American Chemistry Council; Stephen Pelkey, Chairman, Transportation Committee, American Pyrotechnics Association; and Kevin O'Connor of the International Association of Fire Fighters. For more information or to watch the hearing, which will be streamed live on Wednesday, click here. Also, stay tuned to the next edition of NACD NewsBrief for a summary of the hearing.
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Crash Accountability in CSA Scores, Changes to DataQs Highlight CSA Update
Overdrive
A study that evaluates both the impact of implementing crash fault weighting into CSA scores and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's ability to implement such a system is still being reviewed by the agency and peers prior to its release, said an FMCSA official. Tom Kelly, a field officer for the FMCSA, gave an update on some small changes in the works for agency's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program March 28 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.
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Listening Session Draws Ideas for New-Entrant Requirements
Truckinginfo
There were a variety of suggestions from industry players on how to implement a new-entrant testing system during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's public listening session at the Mid-America Trucking Show. In her introductory remarks, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro emphasized that the agency's mission is safety.
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FMCSA Deactivating Carrier Authorities with Update-Enforcement Provision
Overdrive
Jeff Loftus of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's technology division updated drivers attending its "hot topics" session at the Mid-America Trucking Show on progress implementing the Unified Registration System, which now requires a biannual (every two years) update from motor carriers.
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FMCSA Field-Testing Wireless Roadside Inspection
Truckinginfo
Safety regulators envision a time when they can automatically collect the information they need about trucks, drivers and carriers as the truck goes about its business on the highway. That time may not be too far away. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is conducting a field test designed to prove that a national wireless roadside inspection system will work.
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Former EPA Officials Urge Changes to Make TSCA Reform Bill More Workable
Bloomberg BNA
A draft House bill that would modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act needs to make its requirements on the Environmental Protection Agency more practicable if it wants the EPA to improve its oversight of chemicals, two former agency officials told Bloomberg BNA.
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A Threat and a Promise: Changing US Policies on Toxic Chemicals
The Guardian
While federal legislation could weaken controls on hazardous chemicals, some state regulations are stepping up — and stricter corporate policies are already spurring some action.
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Report: Chemical Plants to Evolve as Sustainability Demands Increase
Plant Automation
In order to meet the escalating demands for innovative and economical chemicals, several global trends are defining the chemicals industry of the future. These trends range from the emergence of green chemicals and processes to nanochemicals and smaller, modular chemical factories of the future. Large-scale chemical production plants that once filled the landscape are now being replaced by smaller, more modular plants with enhanced capabilities that expect to improve efficiency by 30 percent. The chemical industry of the future will not only require smarter processes and plant designs, but also an integrated system that will sense, respond and sustain feedstock flexibility, productivity, safety and profitability.
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Cheap Shale Gas Fueling Boom for Chemical Industry
Pittsburgh Business Times
Thanks to low-cost shale gas, U.S.-based chemical makers will boost output capacity by 30 percent in the next decade, according to IHS Inc. The boost will also help to increase jobs, as chemical manufacturers like Dow Chemical Co. plan to invest billions in factories.
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Study: ERP Comes up Short for Meeting Supply Chain Objectives
Logistics Management
A study recently released by GT Nexus, a provider of cloud-based network services for global trade and supply chain management, in conjunction with Supply Chain Insights makes the case that ERP systems may be coming up short, when it comes to providing supply chain visibility for shippers.
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