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Top News
  • NACD Issues Regulatory Alert on OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard
  • DHS Publishes CFATS Expedited Approval Program Guidance
  • NACD Members Invited to Chemical Industry Outreach Workshop


  • Regulatory Updates
  • DHS Releases the First Issue of CFATS Quarterly
  • Chemical Regulatory and Legislative Monthly Update for May 2015
  • June 2-4 Roadcheck Enforcement Initiative to Focus on Cargo Securement
  • California Demands Warning Labels for BPA
  • Proposed Rule Would Update CSB Organization, Functions
  • Will New Safety Rules Derail Increasing Oil Train Accidents?


  • Legislative News
  • House Bill Keeps Restart Suspension Active
  • Subcommittee Unanimously Approves TSCA Modernization Act
  • Shuster-Ryan Statement on Surface Transportation Extension
  • Senators Introduce Port Transparency Bill in Wake of Prolonged West Coast Ports Strife
  • US Chemical, Other Industries Press Congress on Rail Freight Reform
  • Senate Votes to Start Trade Debate





  • TOP NEWS


    NACD Issues Regulatory Alert on OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard
    NACD
    With the Hazard Communication Standard 2012 (HCS)/Global Harmonization Standard June 1, 2015, deadline for chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors to have updated safety data sheets (SDSs) and labels quickly approaching, NACD is seeking an enforcement delay from OSHA for all chemical distributors who are unable to meet this deadline because of circumstances beyond their control. NACD is also actively seeking support from Capitol Hill to urge OSHA to expand the two-year enforcement discretion policy and provide supplemental guidance to chemical distributors.
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    DHS Publishes CFATS Expedited Approval Program Guidance
    Department of Homeland Security
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published guidance for the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Expedited Approval Program (EAP) as mandated by Congress under the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act. The EAP allows regulated facilities in CFATS risk tiers 3 and 4 to adopt a prescribed set of security measures and self-certify to DHS their compliance with these measures. This option would eliminate the authorization inspection process for participating facilities. For more information, including the official EAP guidance and participation timelines, click here.
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    NACD Members Invited to Chemical Industry Outreach Workshop
    NACD
    The Philadelphia Division of the FBI and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Homeland Security has extended an invitation to NACD members to an improvised explosive workshop at Ursinus College on Wednesday, May 20, or Monday, June 8, for the region’s first responders, law enforcement, chemical industry, and academia personnel. This workshop is part of the FBI’s National Improvised Explosive Familiarization (NIEF) initiative designed to raise the awareness of the use of common chemicals to produce improvised explosives. Attendees may register for either date. Click here for more information on how to register.
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    REGULATORY UPDATES


    DHS Releases the First Issue of CFATS Quarterly
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the first issue of CFATS Quarterly, a quarterly message designed to provide updates and resources regarding the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program to CFATS-covered chemical facilities.
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    Chemical Regulatory and Legislative Monthly Update for May 2015
    Bergeson & Campbell PC
    On April 28, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan Chemical Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment for 1,4-Dioxane, a chemical used primarily as a solvent in the manufacture of other chemicals. 80 Fed. Reg. 23545. A first step in the assessment of TSCA Work Plan chemicals, the 1,4-Dioxane Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment examined likely exposure and hazard scenarios to workers and consumers to identify scenarios where further risk analysis may be necessary.
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    June 2-4 Roadcheck Enforcement Initiative to Focus on Cargo Securement
    CVSA
    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) 28th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 2-4, 2015. International Roadcheck is a 72-hour period when approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America perform truck and bus inspections.
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    California Demands Warning Labels for BPA
    Chemistry World
    The U.S. state of California has added bisphenol A to its Proposition 65 list of chemicals linked to health concerns, despite opposition from the chemical industry. Products containing any of the 800 chemicals on the list require warning labels in that state.
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    Proposed Rule Would Update CSB Organization, Functions
    Federal Register
    This proposed rule augments 40 CFR part 1600, which governs the administration of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). The proposed rule adds a requirement for the chairperson to add notation votes that have been calendared for public discussion to the agenda of a public meeting within 90 days of the calendared notation vote. The proposed rule also adds a requirement for the chairperson to conduct a minimum of four public meetings per year in Washington, D.C. Following publication of this proposed rule, the CSB welcomes and will consider public comment, and then proceed to a final rule.
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    Will New Safety Rules Derail Increasing Oil Train Accidents?
    Fox Business
    The frequency of oil train derailments has increased dramatically over the past few years. Another accident occurred this month in North Dakota whereby an oil train derailed and caught fire in a rural area, which prompted the evacuation of a nearby town, although no injuries were reported. One main reason accidents are becoming more frequent is because more and more oil is being pumped and carried by rail throughout the United States and Canada.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    House Bill Keeps Restart Suspension Active
    Truckinginfo
    The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on May 13 approved a $55-billion transportation and housing spending bill that includes a provision to allow 33-foot long double trailers to operate on Interstate and other highways — regardless of state laws. The bill also keeps the 34-hour restart rule suspended, prevents a minimum liability insurance increase and removes funding for wireless roadside inspections. NACD signed on to a HOS coalition letter in support of the bill.
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    Subcommittee Unanimously Approves TSCA Modernization Act
    House Energy and Commerce Committee
    The House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy unanimously approved the bipartisan TSCA Modernization Act last week by a vote of 21 to 0. The draft now advances to the full Energy and Commerce Committee.
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    Shuster-Ryan Statement on Surface Transportation Extension
    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    Last week, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after the introduction of legislation to authorize the highway and transit programs through the end of July.
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    Senators Introduce Port Transparency Bill in Wake of Prolonged West Coast Ports Strife
    Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
    Last week, Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.); Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN); Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced legislation to require new port performance metrics.
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    US Chemical, Other Industries Press Congress on Rail Freight Reform
    ICIS News
    U.S. chemicals producers and a broad range of other manufacturing, agricultural, auto, electric power and steel producers on Wednesday urged prompt action by Congress to reform federal railroad freight rate-setting rules.
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    Senate Votes to Start Trade Debate
    The Hill
    Last Thursday, the Senate voted to advance a motion to begin debate on the core of President Obama’s trade agenda. The Senate then passed Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) renewal by a vote of 97-1 with Senator James Lankford (R-OK) opposing. The House will need to take action next.
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