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Less than 2 Months until the Fly-In! Register now 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. NOTE: The hotel deadline is two weeks away on April 16 and the room block is already filling up. Make your hotel reservations now. 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. Join your NACD colleagues and many members of Congress at a special Congressional reception at the Cannon House Office Building on Wednesday night! Questions? Please contact NACD Manager of Grassroots and Political Programs, Elizabeth O'Neal, at eoneal@nacd.com, or (571) 482-3046. Click here to see the fun you could have this year with NACD peers, telling Congress how regulations affect your company! More




Regulatory resources: NACD product segregation webinar rescheduled for April 18
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The free NACD webinar, "Product Segregation in the Warehouse – EPA Expectations and Resource Guidance" has been postponed until Wednesday, April 18, from 2 – 3:15 p.m. This is the final in the NACD series on key Environmental Protection Agency enforcement issues. To ensure that you know what is expected for storing chemical products, do not miss this timely webinar, which will review EPA's expectations for facility owners and operators related to segregating chemicals in warehouses. More

Regulatory update: EPA using contractors for RMP inspections despite court ruling against practice
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General has released a report on the agency's use of contactors to conduct Clean Air Act Risk Management Program inspections, despite court decisions against this practice. The Inspector General has directed EPA to review the legality and appropriateness of using contractors to perform CAA inspections, take action to revise this practice, and update its policy memo. More

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Regulatory update: EPA announces indefinite postponement of RMP data posting
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a notice to interested parties, including NACD, announcing that the agency is postponing indefinitely its July 2012 target date to publish Risk Management Plan (RMP) non-offsite consequence analysis data on its website. Late last year, EPA had provided notice of its intention to re-establish Internet access to this data, which includes an RMP-regulated facility's registration information, information about the history of serious accidental releases at the facility, information on the facility's accident prevention and emergency response programs, and an executive summary. More

Regulatory update: EPA proposes new SNURs and test rule
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed that companies be required to report to the agency all new uses, including in domestic or imported products, of five groups of chemicals. The chemicals have been used in a range of consumer products and industrial applications, including paints, printing inks, pigments and dyes in textiles, flame retardants in flexible foams, and plasticizers. The agency is also proposing additional testing on the health and environmental effects of PBDEs. More




Regulatory update: FMCSA announces improvements to CSA SMS, including new hazmat BASIC
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On March 27, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced changes to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Carrier Safety Measurement System. The changes include a new hazardous materials BASIC that will replace the cargo-related BASIC. Load securement violations will move to the vehicle maintenance BASIC. According to FMCSA, the changes will more effectively identify and prioritize high-risk and other unsafe motor carriers for enforcement interventions designed to reduce commercial motor vehicle crashes and hazardous materials incidents. More


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FDA rejects call to ban BPA from food packaging
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The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned the plastic-hardening chemical bisphenol-A from all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food. The agency said that petitioners did not present compelling scientific evidence to justify new restrictions on the much-debated chemical, commonly known as BPA, though federal scientists continue to study the issue. More



Canada adds chemicals to Schedule 1
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An order adding four chemicals to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the list of substances considered as toxic, has been published by the Canadian Ministries of the Environment and Health in the Canada Gazette. More

FMCSA closes unsafe Utah trucking firm
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Federal regulators shut down trucking firm Reliable Transportation, citing the carrier and its owner for violations of driver work and truck safety rules. FMCSA found multiple violations of hazardous materials regulations, six violations of drug and alcohol testing rules, and no driver logbooks. More

Fracking drives chemicals boom
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As fracking activity soars in the U.S., so does the need for specialty chemicals, but there are still concerns over the environmental impact of the process. Demand for specialty chemicals for drilling U.S. shale basins has doubled in the past five years and the size of the sector is expected to increase to $6.7 billion by 2015, according to industry analyst Michael Richardson. More
 
 

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