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  • NACD Members to Congress: It's Time to Modernize TSCA, Reform the STB
  • NACD Applauds Markup of TSCA Reform Legislation
  • Sign Up for a Site Visit Today!
  • 2 Important OSHA Interpretation Letters on HazCom/GHS Now Available
  • NACD Members Meet with Key Officials from EPA, OSHA, and DOT During Washington Fly-In
  • NACD Asks Federal Maritime Commission to Address Unfair Detention and Demurrage Fees


  • Regulatory Updates
  • 2015 Chemical Sector Security Summit Dates Determined
  • FMCSA Requests Comments on Rest Break and Security Regulatory Conflict
  • DOT Announces Final Rule on Safe Rail Transportation of Flammable Liquids
  • EPA Seeks Comment on Work Plan Chemical Problem Formulation and Initial assessment for 1,4 Dioxane
  • FMCSA Updates National Route Registry System
  • Hazardous Materials Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Certification of Compress Gas Cylinders


  • Legislative News
  • Shuster & Thune Statement on DOT's Crude-by-Rail Announcement
  • Chemical Safety Overhaul Clears Hurdle as Boxer Threatens Filibuster
  • House Subcommittee to Revise Draft TSCA Reform Bill for May 14 Markup
  • Clock Ticks on Highway Funding Deadline



  • TOP NEWS


    NACD Members to Congress: It's Time to Modernize TSCA, Reform the STB
    NACD
    Nearly 90 members of the National Association of Chemical Distributors descended on Capitol Hill April 28, making the case for modernizing legislation that impacts chemical distributors and the more than 750,000 end users they serve.
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    NACD Applauds Markup of TSCA Reform Legislation
    NACD President Eric R. Byer made the following statement recently on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works' markup of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act that would reform the nearly 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act.
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    Sign Up for a Site Visit Today!
    Congressional site visits play an important role in our grassroots efforts to provide your lawmaker with a "real life" example of how our industry works. If your company is interested in hosting a site visit with your local member of Congress, email Doug Leigh at dleigh@nacd.com or click here for more information.
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    2 Important OSHA Interpretation Letters on HazCom/GHS Now Available
    The deadline for GHS compliance is less than one month away, and OSHA has issued two interpretation letters on GHS requirements for chemicals in commerce, importers and pictograms. Both letters can be found on NACD's website under Regulatory Resources in the Chemical Product Safety section here: http://www.nacd.com/regulatory/resources/.

    Reminder: Any reference to a "distributor" refers to the definition under the standard, which is very limited. Entities that import, process, formulate, blend, extract, generate, emit or repackage are considered to be manufacturers and must comply with the June 1, 2015, deadline.

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    NACD Members Meet with Key Officials from EPA, OSHA, and DOT During Washington Fly-In
    Last week, about 30 NACD members participated in the regulatory track of the Washington Fly-In and met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator Jim Jones, Occupational Safety and Health Administrator (OSHA) Director of Enforcement Tom Galassi, and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Director of Field Operations Rick Raksnis.
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    NACD Asks Federal Maritime Commission to Address Unfair Detention and Demurrage Fees
    Last week, NACD joined with numerous other industry organizations in sending a letter to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) requesting the agency take action to address the fact that cargo owners are being charged detention and demurrage fees when factors beyond their control make it impossible to return chassis or empty containers, or to pick up or drop off loaded containers within free time limits.
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    REGULATORY UPDATES


    2015 Chemical Sector Security Summit Dates Determined
    The Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection (NPPD/IP) and the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) are co-sponsoring the 2015 Chemical Sector Security Summit scheduled for Tuesday, July 21 through Thursday, July 23 in Alexandria, Virginia. We anticipate registration will open for the 2015 Chemical Sector Security Summit in late spring. Find more details on the official website for the 2015 Chemical Sector Security Summit.
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    FMCSA Requests Comments on Rest Break and Security Regulatory Conflict
    On Friday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on an American Trucking Associations, Inc. (ATA) application for an exemption from the Federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that prohibit commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers from driving a CMV if more than 8 consecutive hours have passed since the driver's last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of 30 minutes or more.
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    DOT Announces Final Rule on Safe Rail Transportation of Flammable Liquids
    On Friday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a final rule for the safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail. The rule, developed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in coordination with Canada, focuses on safety improvements that are designed to prevent accidents, mitigate consequences in the event of an accident, and support emergency response to an accident.
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    EPA Seeks Comment on Work Plan Chemical Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment for 1,4-Dioxane
    Federal Register
    With this notice, EPA is announcing it will be publishing a problem formulation and initial assessment or data needs assessment document for each TSCA Work Plan Chemical prior to conducting further risk analysis. This notice is also announcing the availability of a problem formulation and initial assessment document for the Work Plan Chemical 1,4-Dioxane and opening the 60-day public comment period for the document.
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    FMCSA Updates National Hazardous Materials Route Registry
    Federal Register
    This notice provides the current National Hazardous Materials Route Registry (NHMRR), which is a listing, as reported by State and Tribal Government routing officials, of all designated and restricted road and highway routes for transportation of highway route controlled quantities (HRCQ) of Class 7 (radioactive) materials (RAM) (HRCQ/RAM) and non-radioactive hazardous materials (NRHMs) transportation. The listing in this notice supersedes the NHMRR published on July 14, 2014, and includes current route limitations and allowances, and information on State and Tribal Government routing agency contacts reported to FMCSA as of March 30, 2015.
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    Hazardous Materials Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Certification of Compressed Gas Cylinders
    Federal Register
    PHMSA is issuing this safety advisory to notify the public that Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supplies Inc., also known as Liberty Industrial Gases and Welding Supply Inc., marked ICC, DOT-Specification, and DOT-Special Permit high pressure compressed gas cylinders as authorized for hazardous materials transportation without properly testing the cylinders and without authorization to do so.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    Shuster & Thune Statement on DOT's Crude-by-Rail Announcement
    House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) on May 1 issued the following statement on new tank car crude-by-rail rules announced by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
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    Chemical Safety Overhaul Clears Hurdle as Boxer Threatens Filibuster
    U.S. News & World Report
    The Israelites wandered the desert for as long as it's taken Congress to overhaul the nation's main law governing chemicals safety. An update to the 38-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act won crucial support, even as other lawmakers promised a fight.
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    House Subcommittee to Revise Draft TSCA Reform Bill for May 14 Markup
    Beveridge & Diamond via JD Supra
    Legislation to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), already introduced in the Senate, has taken a step forward in the House of Representatives as well.
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    Clock Ticks on Highway Funding Deadline
    The Hill
    Congress has less than 30 days to refill the federal government's fund for transportation projects before it goes broke. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said budget writers in both chambers are just starting to get down to brass tacks when it comes to crafting a temporary patch for the transportation funding.
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