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Regulatory Resources – Last Chance to Register for NACD Regulatory Resources Webinar
There is still time to register for the May 8 webinar, NACD Regulatory Program: A Guide to Compliance Resources and Involvement. The webinar will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time this Thursday. During the webinar, NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson will discuss and demonstrate how to use the many compliance resources available to members. Among these tools are the Regulatory Checklist and Resources for Chemical Distributors, NACD News Brief, the archive of webinars covering a wide variety of topics, and the Regulatory Compliance Preferred Providers Program. Click here to register.
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The 2014 NACD Washington Fly-In Was a Success!
Last week more than 80 chemical distributors and affiliates descended on Capitol Hill for the annual Fly-In. The group attended more than 130 meetings with legislators and their staff as well as two dozen members participating in meetings with essential regulatory agency staff at the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.
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LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – CFATS Legislation Is On the Move
Last week as NACD members took to the Hill to lobby their members of Congress, the House Committee on Homeland Security was busy marking up H.R. 4007, the CFATS Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014. After allowing some amendments to the bill, the committee passed it with 100 percent bipartisan support through a voice vote. The next step is to get the bill to the House floor for a vote. You can help in that effort! Visit Chemical ReACTions and take action to urge your lawmakers to extend the CFATS program for three more years.
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Action Needed – Build on the Fly-In's Success by Inviting Your Congressional Representatives to Visit Your Facility
Hosting a facility tour is an excellent opportunity for you to interact with your lawmakers and showcase your facility. Developing relationships through a facility tour can be a real benefit in influencing legislative decisions concerning your company. During the tour you will want to discuss issues that affect your company and the chemical industry, give information about your company’s economic impact in their district, your commitment to chemical safety and security, and how important your role as a chemical distributor is in the supply chain. More information on how to set up a facility tour is available here.
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Legislative Update – NACD and Others Ask Congress to Address Shipper Concerns on Rail Issues
NACD along with 26 additional leaders representing the nation's largest customers of freight rail service signed onto a rail shipper coalition letter sent to House of Representatives and Senate leaders as well as the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and relevant subcommittees.
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Legislative Update – Former House Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar Passes Away
Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee James Oberstar, D-Minn., passed away last weekend. Oberstar was the longest-serving member of Congress from Minnesota, serving from 1975 until he was defeated in 2010 by Republican challenger Chip Cravaack. Through his decades of service in Congress and specifically on the Transportation Committee, Oberstar became one of the most highly respected transportation policy experts in Washington. In response to the Congressman's passing, NACD President Eric R. Byer stated, "We are saddened by the passing of Chairman Oberstar. He was a tireless public servant whose hard work and dedication made a substantial positive impact on our nation's transportation infrastructure. The results of his efforts will continue to benefit the public for years to come."
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Regulatory Resources – EPA to Hold Webinar to Prepare TRI Reporting Facilities for Mandatory Electronic Reporting
On Wednesday, May 21, from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will present a webinar for Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting facilities that are new to electronic TRI reporting. Beginning with the July 1 reporting deadline, all facilities that meet TRI reporting requirements must submit all non-trade secret TRI data electronically using the TRI-MEweb online reporting application. During the webinar, participants will learn how to create the account(s) necessary to prepare and submit TRI reporting forms, prepare TRI reporting forms in TRI-MEweb, and certify and submit these forms. EPA reminds facilities that reports not submitted electronically using TRI-MEweb will not be processed as acceptable submissions. Click here to register for the webinar.
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Regulatory Update – EPA Issues Direct Final Rule to Allow Collateral Labeling for Pesticide Exports
On April 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register to amend the regulations that pertain to labeling of pesticide products and devices intended solely for export. The direct final rule will allow placement of the required information on collateral labeling attached to the shipping container of such products rather than on the immediate package of each individual product in such a shipment.
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Regulatory Update – FMCSA Issues Proposed Rule to Allow More Electronic Recordkeeping
On April 28, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to allow the use of electronic records and signatures to satisfy the agency's regulatory requirements. Specifically, the proposed changes would permit the use of electronic methods to sign, certify, generate, exchange or maintain records as long as the documents accurately reflect the information in the record and can be used for their intended purpose. This proposed rule would apply only to those documents that FMCSA's regulations obligate entities or individuals to retain; it would not apply to forms or other documents that must be submitted directly to FMCSA.
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Security Resources – NACD Members Invited to Participate in Chemical Industry Outreach Workshop in Pennsylvania
On Monday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Philadelphia Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Penn State University Bomb Squad will present a Chemical Industry Outreach Workshop (CIOW), which will take place in the State College, Pennsylvania, area. It is intended for chemical industry representatives, first responders, law enforcement, and academia personnel and is designed to raise awareness of the use of common chemicals to produce improvised explosives. Attendees can register by clicking here.
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Toxic Chemical Bill Championed by Industry, Chided by Children's Health Advocates
The Huffington Post
Children dressed as "Toxin Freedom Fighters" visited Congress on the heels of a House hearing on the Chemicals in Commerce Act, introduced in February to amend the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. A similar bipartisan bill was unveiled before the Senate last year. While all sides agree TSCA reform is long overdue, a consensus remains elusive on just what that should look like.
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Foxx Sends Obama Highway Bill to Congress, Trucking Groups Unhappy
Overdrive
The Obama administration's transportation funding plan has officially made its way to Congress, as Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled the four-year, $302 billion plan April 29. Trucking interests, however, are not impressed, taking particular issue with the bill's giving states the authority to toll existing Interstates and with an expanded share of funding for transit and rail programs.
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DOT Funding Plan Light on Trucking Policy, Heavy on FMCSA Power
Fleet Owner
Aside from a controversial proposal to mandate detention pay for truck drivers, the Department of Transportation's proposed Grow America Act contains little in the way of new policy initiatives or programs specific to trucking that will require major rulemakings. For the trucking industry's leading policy analyst, that's a good thing.
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Public CSA Scores, Crash Weighting Report, Safety Fitness Top Points at FMCSA Meeting
Commercial Carrier Journal
During an April 29-30 meeting, FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo immediately threw cold water on expectations that the agency might utilize its long-awaited Crash Weighting study as a jumping-off point for its subcommittee meetings. At the February meeting of the CSA Subcommittee of the agency's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, regulators said results study could be released well before the April meeting. But FMCSA continues to finalize the report, DeLorenzo added, and Associate Administrator for Enforcement Bill Quade said he hopes the report will be delivered in June.
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FMCSA Nearing Release of Proposed Rule to Thwart Coercion of Truck Drivers
Fleet Owner
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to soon issue proposed regulations prohibiting carriers, shippers, receivers or intermediaries from coercing truck drivers to violate federal safety regulations. The White House's Office of Management and Budget signed off on FMCSA's proposal with changes on April 30.
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Chemical Safety Board Releases Final Report on Tesoro Explosion
Skagit Valley Herald via The Seattle Times
A final report on the 2010 Tesoro, Wash., refinery explosion that killed seven employees was presented and approved by the Chemical Safety Board May 1. The final version recommends establishing more conservative standards for the use of carbon steel and that the state adopt more rigorous process safety management standards.
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Traffic Added $9.2 Billion to Trucking Industry Costs in 2013
Overdrive
Trucking lost $9.2 billion to traffic congestion in 2013, according to a recent report from the American Transportation Research Institute, which says the industry in aggregate was delayed 141 million hours in the year.
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