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Regulatory Compliance Resources: Still time to register for April 4 webinar on Regulatory Survey and initiatives
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It is not too late to register for this Thursday's webinar on NACD's recent Regulatory Survey and initiatives to be presented by Regulatory Affairs Committee Chairman Cliff Wiksten and Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson. The webinar will take place April 4, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time.
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Regulatory Compliance Resources: Revised regulatory checklist available
An updated version of the Regulatory Checklist and Resources for Chemical Distributors document is now available. Among the changes are the addition of the Food Safety Modernization Act and updates to the EPA Chemical Data Reporting, OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, and the FMCSA Tank Vehicle Definition issue.
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Fly-In attendees: Join us for a Washington Fly-In 101 webinar on April 11 or May 1
This year, the NACD Government Advocacy Committee will host an attendees-only webinar prior to the Washington Fly-In. Please plan to sit in on one of the webinars. We will discuss practical information you need to know to prepare for a successful day on the Hill, as well as the important key issues you will discuss in your meetings on May 9. Please note the webinars will cover the same content — we are offering it on two separate dates so you may participate when it best fits your schedule. Dates for the webinars are: The webinar will be hosted live by Steve Seeler, of Seeler Industries Inc., and NACD's Government Advocacy Committee Chairman. It will last approximately one hour, with plenty of time to answer any questions.
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Legislative Action Alert: Input needed on impact of LIFO elimination
NACD will be submitting comments to U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on the importance of retaining the current tax provision known as LIFO (Last-in, first-out) inventory accounting method, and we request your feedback no later than Monday, April 8. Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., intends to move forward this year with comprehensive tax reform, and created working groups to aid the process. He has announced the formation of 11 Tax Reform Working Groups, each consisting of a Republican Chairman and Democrat Co-Chairman and other members of the full Ways and Means Committee. The Small Business / Pass Throughs working group will be Chaired by Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Co-Chaired by Allyson Schwartz, D-Penn. The Working Groups will be collecting public input and will submit their work product and all public comments they have received to the Joint Committee on Taxation, which will prepare a report for the full committee based on the information received from each of the Working Groups.
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Regulatory Update: OSHA lists top citations for chemical, general industries
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's top enforcement official, Richard Fairfax, recently delivered a presentation to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy Small Business Labor Safety (OSHA/MSHA) Roundtable in which he listed OSHA's top citations in the Chemical National Emphasis Program, Process Safety Management, and General Industry areas. Click "Read More" to view the Top 10 Most Cited Standards for Chemical National Emphasis Program inspections.
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Regulatory Update: EPA announces 23 chemicals for 2013 risk assessments
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will begin assessments on 23 commonly used chemicals, with a specific focus on flame retardant chemicals, in order to more fully understand any potential risks to people's health and the environment. This effort is part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, which identifies commonly used chemicals for risk assessment. EPA will begin evaluating 20 flame retardant chemicals, conducting full risk assessments for four of the flame retardants, three of which are on the TSCA Work Plan, and one that was the subject of an Action Plan development under TSCA.
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Regulatory Update: EPA cites deficiencies in RMP inspector training
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a report that outlines deficiencies in Risk Management Program (RMP) inspector training and makes recommendations to correct these problems. The OIG found that one-third of RMP inspectors nationwide received inspector credentials without documentation that they met minimum training requirements. In addition, one-half of the supervisors did not meet minimum training requirements. The OIG also found that EPA guidance did not establish minimum guidelines for the scope of inspections, nor did the agency have a process to monitor the quality of inspections. The OIG found that inspection reports generally did not explain the extent to which the inspectors reviewed specific elements of a covered process to determine compliance.
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Regulatory Update: DOT releases details on HM-ACCESS program
Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published two draft information papers on the HM-ACCESS program, a pilot project to evaluate the feasibility of using electronic shipping papers for hazardous materials shipments. Congress mandated this pilot as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) legislation enacted last July. The draft papers are the compilation of input that PHMSA received during workshops held at the agency with emergency response providers, law enforcement personnel, shippers, and carriers. The papers summarize the priorities, gaps, and concerns of these stakeholder groups regarding the use of paperless electronic shipping papers for hazardous materials shipments. PHMSA states that the findings will serve as catalysts for the successful, broader implementation of HM-ACCESS and will be valuable in designing pilot tests to evaluate the effectiveness of using paperless hazard communication systems. HM-ACCESS pilot tests are scheduled to begin this summer.

Click here to learn more and to review the information papers. PHMSA will accept comments on the documents until April 5. Please send any comments directly to HMACCESS@dot.gov.

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Regulatory Update: TSA updates on TWIC mobile enrollment
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently issued an update on Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) mobile enrollments. The agency announced it is transitioning to a new contractor that will offer enhanced mobile enrollment services, Enroll Your Own, and bulk payment arrangements. TSA estimates that these new services will be available in mid-summer 2013, and the agency will provide additional details in the coming months. TSA also says it is working to provide systematic bulk payment and submission options for Extended Expiration Date TWICs. To read the full update, go to www.tsa.gov/twic.
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Regulatory Update: Commerce Department seeks comment on cybersecurity practices
On March 28, the U.S. Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register a notice of inquiry requesting comments on industry incentives to adopt cybersecurity practices. The notice is part of the effort to implement Executive Order 13636, which President Barack Obama issued earlier this year to establish a National Cybersecurity Framework. The President has directed the Commerce Department to evaluate a set of incentives designed to promote industry participation in a voluntary program to be established by the Department of Homeland Security to support the adoption by owners and operators of critical infrastructure and other interested entities of the Cybersecurity Framework.
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    How does CSA affect small carriers?
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    Despite all of the folklore that has been built around it, at its core, CSA is simply a program used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to track and evaluate carriers based on compliance and crash history. Carriers that do not score well in the system are the ones FMCSA will spend time warning or investigating. The size of the carrier is not a factor in deciding which carriers the FMCSA will investigate, but size is a factor in how carrier scores are calculated.

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    Better route planning cuts fuel use in freight sector
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    U.S. distributors and freight haulers have held down diesel consumption even as their business recovers from recession by making thousands of small changes to their operations, such as improved driver training, restrictions on idling and careful route planning.
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    Chemical industry rides crest of natural gas wave
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    Ten years ago, domestic chemical manufacturing looked bound for extinction. But the revolution in natural gas production has given the industry a new lease on life, bringing thousands of new jobs with it.
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