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Regulatory Resources — Registration Now Open for July 22-24 Chemical Security Summit
Registration is now open for the 2014 Chemical Security Summit, which will take place July 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Sessions will include updates and lessons learned on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, the latest on Executive Order 13650 — Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, international security trends, transportation security, and more. There is no registration fee for the Summit. Space is limited, so please click here to register soon.
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Regulatory Update — Report Finds that EPA Can Use Chemical Import Data to Identify Risk Management Plan Violators
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General recently issued a report, Chemical Import Data May Help EPA Identify Facilities that Need to File or Update Risk Management Plans. In the report, the OIG concluded that the EPA could use chemical import data to identify facilities that are out of compliance with Clean Air Act Risk Management Plan requirements, either by failing to have plans or by having outdated plans.
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Regulatory Resources — New TSCA Reform Online HUB Now Available
NACD Environmental Regulatory Partner Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. has created an online hub for news, information, and commentary on Toxic Substances Control Act reform. Bergeson & Campbell's lawyers, scientists, regulatory specialists, and business consultants constantly participate in and track developments regarding ongoing TSCA reform efforts and related state regulatory initiatives such as California's Safer Consumer Products Regulations and related developments under the Green Chemistry Initiative.
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Legislative Update — House Committee Approves Funding Bill for DOT Operations
Last week, the House Appropriations Committee voted 28-21 to approve the FY 2015 transportation funding bill. In total, the bill reflects an allocation of $52 billion in discretionary spending — an increase of $1.2 billion above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and a decrease of $7.8 billion below the president's budget request.
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Regulatory Update — FDA Issues Implementation Document for Food Safety Modernization Act
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a document called Operational Strategy for Implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Protecting Public Health by Strategic Implementation of Prevention-Oriented Food Safety Standards (Operational Strategy). Since the FSMA was signed into law in January 2011, the FDA has been active in rulemaking and issuing guidance documents. This latest document is a guided outline of operational strategies FDA intends to use to continue FSMA implementation.
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Regulatory Update — Small Business Administration Proposes Changes to Size Standards for NAICS Wholesale Trade Sector
The U.S. Small Business Administration proposes to increase employee-based size standards for 47 industries including small businesses in the wholesale and retail markets. SBA is proposing these revisions to reflect changes in marketplace conditions. If the revisions are finalized as proposed, the SBA estimates that about 4,000 more U.S. companies would become eligible for the agency's loan programs.
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GAO Report: Fertilizer Industry Is Under-regulated, Dangerous
MSNBC
The federal government doesn't know how much or how well the potentially explosive chemical found in fertilizer is being stored across the country, a new report by the Government Accountability Office warns. In an alarming assessment that highlights the growing environmental and safety concerns around fertilizer and ammonium nitrate plants, the report notes that the industry as a whole is drastically under-regulated.

Related: TFI Issues Statement on GAO Report on Chemical Safety (Ag Professional)

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Effective Now, DOT Physicals Must Be Done by National Registry Examiner
The Trucker
Despite pleas from trucking groups asking for a delay in implementation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reminding all truck and bus drivers that beginning May 21, all new USDOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
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DOT Adds Raising Carrier Insurance Minimums to Regulatory Calendar, Pushes Safety Fitness Rule Back
Overdrive
An official timeline for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's push to raise liability insurance minimums for carriers has been released by the Department of Transportation, and it signals the agency plans to begin work on the regulation quickly in hopes of publishing a proposed rule in November.
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FDA Delays $150 Million Food Safety Rule
The Hill
The Food and Drug Administration is delaying an estimated $150 million food safety rule intended to prevent contamination during transit. The FDA announced the rule in February, but said May 22 it is extending the comment period through July 30 to give the industry more time to consider the proposed rule, which would establish new sanitary requirements for truck drivers, shippers and trains that transport human and animal food around the country.
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FMCSA's Ferro: Carriers Can Seek Relief on HOS Changes
Fleet Owner
If Anne Ferro had the power to do just one thing to increase the safety of the trucking industry it would be to improve drivers' working conditions and compensation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief also said that carriers who feel unduly burdened by the agency's July 1, 2013, changes to the hours-of-service regulations are free to petition the agency for changes.
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Transportation Regulations: States Move on Funding, More
Go By Truck News
While funding concerns continue to dominate trucking-related legislation at the state level, lawmakers are taking action on other issues as well. Recent advances center on issues related to licensing in Arizona and environmental concerns in Minnesota. In Florida, a bill to increase speed limits got the axe from Gov. Rick Scott.
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EPA Takes Aim at Federal Regulation of Fracking Chemicals
Lexology
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken its first official step toward creating a federal regulatory program that would require disclosure and reporting concerning chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process. On May 9, 2014, EPA released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under the Toxic Substances Control Act that seeks public comment on the types of information that should be reported or disclosed for hydraulic fracturing substances or mixtures and the mechanism for obtaining this information. While the ANPR is directed to the public in general, companies in the oil and gas industry, particularly those that manufacture, import, process or distribute chemical substances used in hydraulic fracturing treatments, should take note.
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North Carolina Senate Outlaws Disclosure of Fracking Fluid Secrets
Reuters
The North Carolina Senate on May 22 voted to make it a crime to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, even as big U.S. oil companies elsewhere consider releasing more information about the fluids to address public concerns about the environment.
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Future of Crude by Rail Depends on Safety
The Associated Press via Chem.Info
The future of crude oil shipments by train depends on proving to the public that it can be done safely, the head of BNSF Railway Co. said May 21. "Without focus on the elements of safety, the social license to haul crude by rail will disappear, to say nothing of the regulatory agencies' response," BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose told several hundred people at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota.
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