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Regulatory compliance resources: EPA Enforcement Alert and webinars available for members on NACD website
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has substantially increased its enforcement activities, particularly in the areas of the Clean Air Act Risk Management Program, General Duty Clause and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act. NACD has developed several resources to help members avoid future enforcement actions from EPA. The recent Regulatory Alert and the archived recordings and slides for the complete NACD webinar series are posted for NACD members. More

Regulatory update: EPA proposes rule to require electronic reporting for chemical information
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On April 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to require electronic reporting for certain information submitted to the agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The proposed rule would require electronic reporting rather than paper-based reporting for various TSCA actions, including submission of information relating to chemical testing, health and safety studies and other information. When final, EPA will only accept data, reports and other information submitted through EPA's Central Data Exchange, a centralized portal that enables streamlined, electronic submission of data via the Internet. More

Regulatory update: EPA issues guidance on safety data sheets and pesticide labeling
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On April 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of Pesticide Registration Notice 2012-1, "Material Data Safety Sheets as Pesticide Labeling." The notice provides guidance concerning the relationship between EPA-approved labels for pesticides registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Material Safety Data Sheet (also referred to as Safety Data Sheet or SDS), required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It explains how registrants can ensure their FIFRA labeling and SDS's comply with both agencies' requirements. More

Legal victory: Court grants injunction to prevent enforcement of NLRB Union Poster Rule; NACD encourages disapproval of Ambush Election Rule
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Recent court activity means big changes for the National Labor Relations Board's Notice Postings Rule. On Friday, April 13, a federal district court in South Carolina struck down the rule and held that the NLRB does not have the authority to require that employers post the notice. Additionally, NACD, a member of the Coalition for Democratic Workplace, signed on to a letter to the United States Senate encouraging passage of S. J. Res 36, the Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval on the NLRB's Ambush Election rule. More

Legislative update: NACD fights to keep beneficial hazmat reforms in surface transportation bill
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NACD and several other hazardous materials transportation organizations have sent a letter to the House of Representatives asking members to oppose any version of surface transportation legislation that does not include the hazardous materials provisions contained in H.R. 7, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, as approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in February. More

Legislative update: NACD calls for continued deliberative process for OSHA rulemaking
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NACD has joined other members of the Coalition for Workplace Safety in sending a letter to Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin and Michael Enzi in support of a continued, thorough and deliberative process for Occupational Safety and Health Administration standard setting. Several interest groups, such as labor unions, have criticized OSHA for taking too long to implement regulations because of the requirements it must satisfy to issue new standards. More

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Department of Transportation publishes national registry of certified medical examiners final rule
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on April 18 that the Department of Transportation had issued its new safety rule that requires healthcare professionals who perform medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers to be trained, tested, and certified on the specific physical qualifications that affect a driver's ability to safely operate the vehicle. The final rule also creates a national online database of medical examiners that have completed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's certification process. More

US caps emissions in drilling for fuel
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Oil and gas companies will have to capture toxic and climate-altering gases from wells, storage sites and pipelines under new air quality standards issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. The rule is the first federal effort to address serious air pollution associated with the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which releases toxic and cancer-causing chemicals like benzene and hexane, as well as methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. More

Improve safety despite limited resources
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During tough economic times many companies reduce their head count either by layoffs or by not replacing personnel who have retired or quit. One of the most affected areas is process safety management (PSM) because lots of firms don't consider the function of the PSM manager or coordinator as critical. Although day-to-day application of process safety principles is line management's responsibility, such managers often lack the essential specialized knowledge of the why and how of some intermittent activities. A process safety professional who can tie all these elements together is really needed. More

Cheap natural gas feeds chemical industry boom
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The shale boom's bounty of cheap natural gas is fueling an industrial renaissance on the Texas coast. A $1.7 billion plant Dow announced recently, one of four it plans to build or expand at its Freeport complex, is aimed at taking advantage of cheap natural gas produced from shale, which the company expects to be available for the long term. Other chemical companies also are betting on bountiful supplies of natural gas. More

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