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Advocacy Action Needed: Last Week to Register for Washington Fly-In!
Register for the Fly-In today! This week is your last opportunity to register for NACD's annual Washington Fly-In to be held on April 30-May 1. Your presence in Washington is needed to help promote our industry's positions on legislation relating to chemical safety and security as CFATS authorization and TSCA modernization are currently being considered by both chambers of Congress. NOW is the time to take action.

For more details or to register, please click here. Please note that this year's schedule differs slightly from years past. We look forward to seeing you soon in our nation's capital!
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Legislative Update: CFATS Legislation Clears House Subcommittee
The House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies last week passed H.R. 4007, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014. The bill authorizes the CFATS program for three years, giving both industry and the Department of Homeland Security certainty moving forward. The legislation also provides more flexibility in terrorist screening programs used by affected facilities. The next step in the process is a full committee markup. NACD supports the advancement of this legislation and is currently working to get a similar measure introduced in the Senate.
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Legislative Update: Senate Committee Passes W.V. Chemical Spill Response Legislation
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works last week approved legislation proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., in response to the recent chemical spill in West Virginia. The bill establishes chemical storage tank surface water protection programs to be administered by states. It sets up standards for construction, leak detection, emergency response plans, as well as notification and reporting requirements. It would also require states to inspect all chemical storage tanks every one, three, or five years, depending on their classification under the state program. NACD does not support this bill as currently constructed and is seeking to modify the bill so it no longer puts the burden on good actors while failing to adequately target outlier facilities that do not participate in programs such as Responsible Distribution.
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Legislative Update: House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Hazardous Materials Transportation
Last Wednesday, the Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing on the reauthorization of the hazardous materials safety programs of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The subcommittee hearing included testimony from PHMSA, hazardous materials shippers and carriers, and fire fighters on priority issues for the upcoming reauthorization of federal hazardous materials safety programs.
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Legislative Update: House Transportation Committee Leaders Request GAO Evaluation of Studies Used to Change Federal Hours of Service Regulations
On March 31, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman Tom Petri, R-Wis., requested the U.S. Government Accountability Office to evaluate two studies used to justify changes to federal hours-of-service regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers.
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Regulatory Resources: Slides and Recording from NACD Chemical Executive Order Webinar Now Available
The archived presentation and slides are now available from last week's NACD Webinar on White House Executive Order 13650 – Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. During the webinar, NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson provided an update on the impact the Executive Order may have on NACD members. She also reviewed points made in the comments NACD filed regarding the EO last week and discussed the next steps in the process.
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Regulatory Update: NACD Joins Comments to NLRB on Ambush Election Rule
NACD has signed comments from the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace to the National Labor Relations Board regarding the agency's "ambush election" proposed rule. The new rules would substantially shorten the time between when a union petitions for an election and the NLRB conducts the election, significantly altering the entire union representation election process to favor unions by limiting employers' due process rights to provide information to employees.
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Regulatory Update: EPA Publishes TSCA Enforceable Consent Agreement
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published an Enforceable Consent Agreement under the Toxic Substances Control Act between EPA and five manufacturers of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (also called D4). D4 is used industrially as an intermediate, solvent, finishing agent, adhesive and sealant. It is also used for both consumer and commercial purposes in paints, coatings, plastics and rubber products. It is contained in consumer products such as polishes, soaps, detergents, adhesives and sealants. EPA will require monitoring for the chemical's presence in the environment. EPA states that this will help the agency better understand the potential environmental effects associated with this chemical. Click here for a copy of the ECA.
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Obama Administration Forcing EFCA by Regulatory Edict, Economic Study Suggests Job Loss in Millions
Coalition for a Democratic Workplace
Recently proposed regulations by the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor and other initiatives will bypass Congress to achieve the goals of the misnamed "Employee Free Choice Act" by promoting job-killing "micro unions" and denying employees an informed choice about union representation.
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States Eye Toxic Chemical Reform as Washington Fails to Act
Center for Public Integrity via The Huffington Post
In state capitols from Maine to Oregon, environmental advocates are filing bills to identify and ban noxious chemicals and industry groups are fighting back with pointed rebukes and high-pitched lobbying. Toxic reform legislation is either breathing with new life or being extinguished altogether. The toxics tug-of-war in state houses is direct fallout from the muddled environmental politicking of Washington, D.C.
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Looking Back at the West Virginia Chemical Spill: Myths and Facts
Chem.Info
Unsurprisingly, many are using the chemical spill that occurred in Charleston, W.V., in January to push the government to tighten chemical regulations across the country. People who probably didn't know what TSCA was, much less that it stood for the Toxic Substances Control Act, have started to push for Congress to make real changes to the law. The typical reaction to this kind of incident is to demand dramatically increased transparency — but was that really the problem? And is it a real solution for the future?
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Memo to Congress: Protect Public Health, Not Toxic Chemicals
Union of Concerned Scientists via The Huffington Post
For decades, U.S. manufacturers — with the federal government's blessing — have been producing tens of thousands of untested, potentially toxic chemicals, many of which wind up in our bodies. These substances include suspected neurotoxins, carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, and thousands of other chemicals for which there is little or no information. Why? When Congress passed the landmark Toxic Substances Control Act nearly 40 years ago, the law considered chemicals already on the market to be safe.
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OOIDA Pushing Driver Training, FMCSA Reform for Highway Bill Items
Overdrive
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has announced the two main items it is pushing Congress to include in its next highway bill: bolstering training for new drivers and reforming the federal trucking regulatory process.
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Trucking Adds 3,300 Jobs in March; National Unemployment at 6.7 Percent
Commercial Carrier Journal
The for-hire trucking industry added 3,300 payroll jobs in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the monthly employment report released April 4 by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The U.S. economy as a whole added 192,000 non-farm jobs in March, BLS reports, though national unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent. January's rate of 6.6 percent was the lowest in five years.
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FTR Index Shows Tightest-Ever Trucking Capacity
Truck News
The latest Trucking Conditions Index compiled by FTR shows "unprecedented capacity constraints" that could help boost rates. The TCI reading of 7.54 for February should serve as a warning to shippers and good news to truckers, FTR reports. When adjusted to account for weather, the reading would actually exceed 10, FTR says, reflecting the tightest capacity market on record.
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Cheap Shale Gas Leading to Chemicals Renaissance
Wall St. Daily
Cheap shale gas is fueling a renaissance in a chemicals industry that, just a decade ago, was in the midst of its worst downturn in history.
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