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Advocacy Action Needed — Fly-In Registration Closes TOMORROW
Register for the Fly-In today! Tomorrow 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. To view all of our positions for the Fly-In, click here.

For more details or to register, please click here. Please note that this year's schedule differs slightly from years past. If you have any questions, please contact Ben Traynham at btraynham@nacd.com or 571-482-3046. We look forward to seeing you soon in our nation's capital!
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Fly-In 101 Webinar — Prepare for Success on the Hill
Thursday, April 24, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
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For those registered for the Washington Fly-In, join your fellow attendees for a short webinar to 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 April 30 and May 1. This webinar will last approximately one hour, including time for questions. If you have any questions, please contact Ben Traynham at btraynham@nacd.com or 571-482-3046.

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Regulatory Resources — Updated Chemical Distributor Regulatory Checklist Now 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 Environmental Protection Agency's Storm Water Permit Rules, updates on NACD's Regulatory Subcommittees, and new contact information for the NACD News Brief.
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Regulatory Update — DHS Makes Progress with CFATS Program
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released new data that shows significant progress in approving Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) site security plans (SSPs). Between February 1 and April 1 of this year, DHS has approved 143 SSPs and authorized an additional 282 SSPs. This news further demonstrates DHS' efforts to improve the CFATS program and thus bolsters NACD's efforts in urging lawmakers to pass a multiyear CFATS authorization. After having recently passed the House subcommittee, the full House Committee on Homeland Security is expected to mark up the legislation within the next few weeks. To see the full fact sheet released by DHS, click here.
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Regulatory Update — EPA Withdraws Four TSCA SNURs
On April 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register immediately withdrawing four Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act that would have restricted uses for four chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). The four chemicals are designed for adhesive and other applications.
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Regulatory Update — EPA Publishes Guidance on Web-Based Pesticide Labeling
Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a Pesticide Registration Notice (PR Notice) titled "Web-Distributed Labeling for Pesticide Products." The EPA originally issued the notice, identified as PR Notice 2014-1, on March 24, 2014. This PR Notice provides guidance to registrants concerning the process by which they can make legally-valid versions of pesticide labeling available through the Internet.
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Regulatory Update — TWIC Services to be Temporarily Unavailable During System Upgrade
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is upgrading its technology to improve reliability and expand capabilities. During the system upgrade, specific Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) services will be temporarily unavailable. TSA recommends that TWIC applicants take note of these important dates and plan accordingly.
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Safety Update — NFPA Launches Campaign on Fire Risk of IBCs
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently announced an initiative to raise awareness of the fire hazards associated with intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) containing flammable or combustible liquids. The campaign, "Contain IBC Fire Risk," highlights the importance of compliance with NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code.
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FMCSA on Medical Examiners Rule Delay: Numbers Will Work
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Nearly 25,000 medical examiners are somewhere in the process of being certified and added to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations medical examiner registry, the agency has said in response to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's request for a delay for drivers of the compliance date of the rule.
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Senators Agree on Highway Bill Principles
Truckinginfo
A bipartisan group of Senators has agreed on the outline of bill to reauthorize the federal highway program. The terms of the deal cover policy principles such as a long-term bill and maintaining existing programs but they do not cover the key question of how to pay for the program.
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Size and Weight Increases: Groups Fight Legislation, Report Negative Impact
Overdrive
Several trucking and safety groups took to Washington, D.C., recently to note their opposition to any increases to truck size and weight limits. They also expressed concern about a Congressionally required Department of Transportation study, saying it has "significant flaws and potential biases."
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New Carrier Qualification Bill to be Introduced, TIA Says
Transport Topics
New legislation aimed at simplifying the carrier qualification process and reducing exposure in crash liability suits by creating a national hiring standard will be introduced in Congress later this month, according to Transportation Intermediaries Association President Robert Voltmann.
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Durbin Seeks Investigation of FMCSA Oversight
Fleet Owner
A week after praising the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for acting swiftly to shut down DND International (USDOT No. 1434005) as an imminent hazard, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., is calling on the U.S. Dept. of Transportation's Office of Inspector General to audit FMCSA's oversight of trucking companies with a history of violations.
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NTSB Issues Safety Guidance
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The National Transportation Safety Board is asking for improved safety for tractor-trailers. It has issued to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seven key recommendations, which were derived from a 2013 study on straight trucks. The NTSB uncovered several issues in the study that apply to tractor trailers.
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Preventing Chemical Disasters and Protecting Your Right to Know
Center for Effective Government
On March 31, the Center for Effective Government filed comments with the Interagency Working Group established under President Barack Obama's Executive Order 13650, Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. The group's comments provide key recommendations to the Working Group that will help prevent chemical disasters and ensure that the public has information about the risks that chemical facilities pose to their communities.
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Supply Chain Disruptions Increasing Cargo Theft Risk
Fleet Owner
The recent rough winter season — one of the coldest in the U.S. and resulting in the 10th largest snow cover in the Lower 48 states, dating to 1966, according to the Rutgers University Snow Lab — often scrambled much of the country's freight transportation network. But such "supply chain disruptions" due to weather or other factors are also now being viewed as ripe targets of opportunity for cargo thieves.
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