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Why 2012 presents a unique opportunity to be heard – registration still open for the 2012 Washington Fly-In, May 16-17
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NACD's Washington Fly-In special guest speaker Doug Pinkham, president of Public Affairs Council, says, "2012 presents a unique opportunity to be heard. Many groups think in an election year nothing happens so they don't come to Washington. You have a great opportunity, especially this year to make your story known." Watch his message via a new, special two-minute video (link below) where he talks about the importance of CEOs and senior leaders taking to the Hill to tell your story. The two-day event kicks off at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, and concludes the afternoon of May 17. Join your NACD peers in telling Congress how regulations affect your company!

Current Attendees: If you were unable to attend today's webinar, "Washington Fly-In: The Basics," be sure to check your email to register for the next opportunity to participate on May 8 to learn everything you need to know to have a successful Fly-In. Click here to view a teaser from Doug Pinkham, president, Public Affairs Council on how to put your best foot forward.
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Regulatory resources: It's not too late to register for Wednesday's NACD product segregation webinar
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The free NACD webinar, "Product Segregation in the Warehouse – EPA Expectations and Resource Guidance," will take place Wednesday from 2–3:15 p.m. EDT. This is the final in the NACD series on key Environmental Protection Agency enforcement issues. It is a common misconception that the EPA lacks authority over storage and segregation of chemicals in warehouses. This misconceived notion can lead to trouble, as EPA increases enforcement under several regulatory programs that establish expectations for segregating chemicals in warehouses. 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: DOT publishes final rule updating requirements for air transportation of hazardous materials
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has published a final rule in the Federal Register updating the regulations for air transportation of hazardous liquids. In this final rule, PHMSA is amending 49 CFR Section 173.27 of the Hazardous Materials Regulations to require closures of inner packages containing liquids within a combination packaging intended for transportation by aircraft to be secured by a secondary means or, where a secondary closure cannot be applied or it is impracticable to apply, permit the use of a leak proof liner. The final rule will take effect on July 1, and voluntary compliance is authorized as of May 16. More

Regulatory update: Electronic submission requirement now in effect for certain TSCA data
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Effective April 6, all chemical manufacturers or importers that submit a Toxic Substances Control Act premanufacture notice, a Notice of Commencement of Manufacture or Import, a Significant New Use Notice, a Microbial Commercial Activities Notification or other biotechnology notice for genetically modified microorganisms, an exemption application, or related support documents, must do so electronically through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Central Data Exchange Internet portal using EPA's electronic PMN software. More

REACH update: ECHA releases tools for downstream users
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The European Chemicals Agency has released materials to assist downstream users in understanding their obligations under REACH. When downstream users receive exposure scenarios for registered substances from their suppliers, they must determine whether their uses and conditions of use are covered in the registrations. Depending on the outcome of these checks, downstream users have a number of further obligations. To assist downstream users, ECHA has introduced a question-and-answer document on downstream user reports and a template for reporting conditions of use, in case reporting to ECHA according to Article 38 of REACH is required. ECHA will also host a webinar on downstream user obligations on April 23. More


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Former Bush EPA chief Whitman sounds alarm on chemical security
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Wading into a decade-old controversy, former Environmental Protection Agency chief Christine Todd Whitman has urged current EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to close loopholes in a 2006 chemical security law "before a tragedy of historic proportions occurs." Whitman, who led the EPA under George W. Bush, suggests the agency use its authority to seal gaps in "extremely limited" Department of Homeland Security rules designed to prevent releases of toxic chemicals, according to an April 3 letter she wrote to Jackson that was obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. More



Bio-based chemicals on the fast track to commercialization
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Bio-based chemicals have a long history. But the future holds greater promise as rapid development of the sector offers customers alternate supply chains compared with the traditional petroleum routes. There will be feedstock risks, but advances in technology should boost competitiveness. More

US natural gas boom leads to decade-low price
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The price of natural gas has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, a remarkable decline for a commodity that not long ago was believed to be in short supply. The country's supply of natural gas is growing so fast that analysts worry the country's underground storage facilities could reach their limits by fall. More

Canada wants more dangerous goods reporting
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Transport Canada has put forward a proposal to amend the requirements for immediate reporting of dangerous goods releases. The proposal is still at the informal stage and TC is seeking comments by May 12. The proposed changes to Part 8 of the TDG Regulations include a revision to the reporting requirements and incorporate new provisions from the TDG Act on the declaration of dangerous goods that have been lost, stolen or unlawfully interfered with. More
 
 

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