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Wavering? Today's the day! FINAL CHANCE to register for the 2012 Washington Fly-In, May 16-17
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Senator Susan Collins confirmed for keynote breakfast speech!
Online registration is still open for the 2012 NACD Washington Fly-In. Still need hotel reservations? Please call NACD's Roselle Foley at (571) 482-3041. The two-day event kicks off at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 and concludes the afternoon of May 17.
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Regulatory update: IST supporters continue Clean Air Act General Duty Clause campaign
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Supporters of a federal mandate to force chemical facilities to adopt "inherently safer technologies" as part of their site security plans continue to call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enforce this concept under the Clean Air Act General Duty Clause. IST supporters are frustrated as they have been unsuccessful in their attempts to have a mandate to consider and adopt these measures enacted under federal chemical facility laws. More

Regulatory update: EPA regional administrator resigns over 'crucify' comment, House committee to hold hearings
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz resigned in the wake of the release of a 2010 video of remarks during which he suggested that the agency should "crucify" top polluters. In response to the resignation, several Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee whose districts are in EPA Region 6 issued a statement expressing continued concerns about aggressive EPA enforcement. More

Legislative update: Surface Transportation Bill goes to conference; hazmat provisions in question
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A Senate-House conference committee will convene to begin to resolve differences between their respective versions of surface transportation legislation. NACD and several other hazardous materials transportation organizations are working to keep beneficial hazardous materials reforms in the package. More

Regulatory update: PHMSA releases 2011 hazmat violations report
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The Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has released its Calendar Year 2011 Notice of Hazardous Materials Regulations Enforcement. In 2011, PHMSA collected approximately $2.15 million in penalties, closed 195 cases and issued 388 tickets for violations of the federal Hazardous Materials Regulations. Violations against NACD members totaled $36,455, less than .02 percent of all collected fines. More



Regulatory update: US exporters asked to complete survey on export controls
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The U.S. Small Business Administration has informed NACD that the President's Export Council, Subcommittee on Export Administration Benchmarking Subcommittee has developed a survey on the impact of export controls and priorities for export reform. PECSEA is a federal advisory committee that provides advice on matters pertinent to those portions of the Export Administration Act that deal with policies of encouraging trade with all countries with which the United States has diplomatic or trading relations and of controlling trade for national security and foreign policy reasons. According to the SBA, the survey provides an opportunity for small firms to make their voices heard on the issues of export controls and reform. More

REACH update: European Commission releases report on industry's REACH costs
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The European Commission recently released a report, "Interim Evaluation: Functioning of the European Chemical Market After the Introduction of REACH," which includes information on the program's costs to industry. The report found that REACH had cost the chemical industry $2.76 billion by the end of 2010. The report also said that the cost to register substances was about twice what had been forecast by the European Commission before REACH was adopted. More

Legislative update: NACD signs letter to preserve ability of federal employees to participate in industry conferences
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In the wake of the General Services Administration conference scandal, the House and Senate recently each passed legislation that would severely restrict government employees from attending meetings and conferences held by associations, nonprofits and other private sector organizations. This could prevent federal agency representatives from participating in NACD meetings such as OPSEM and Regional Meetings, denying members the opportunity to hear from and interact with key regulators. More


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Intermodal transport eases chemical shipping constraints
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As the seasonal increase in bulk chemical shipments begins, transportation capacity remains limited with available truck drivers unable to address the surge in freight volumes. New hours of service regulations issued by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last year put additional restraints on transportation resources by reducing the hours available truckers can spend behind the wheel from 82 to 70 hours per week. Freight transportation forecasting firm FTR Associates predicts that shippers' capabilities will slip further due to regulatory drag on capacity from the HOS rule. More

EU to address risks of chemical mixtures, endocrine disruptors, nanosubstances
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The European Union is preparing to build on the REACH law and related legislation to address concerns about chemicals in three areas considered to be insufficiently regulated: Endocrine disruptors, the combined effects of chemical mixtures and nanosubstances. More
 
 

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