Legislative update: House committees approve bills to extend CFATS
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved H.R. 908, the full implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Act, by a vote of 33-16. This bill would extend the CFATS program through Sept. 2018 without making changes to the program, such as mandatory inherently safer technology consideration and implementation. More
Regulatory alert: DOT denying special permits based on CSA data
NACD has learned that the U.S. Department of Transportation has denied several applications for special permit renewals based on Compliance, Safety, Accountability statistics. Under new procedures adopted by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the DOT agency which administers the special permit program, all applicants for new special permits as well as those for renewals and party status are now subject to safety fitness evaluations. More
Regulatory update: FMCSA releases new CSA fact-fiction document
Based on additional questions that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has received on the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Safety Measurement System, the agency has released a new "Separating Fact from Fiction" document. This question-and-answer document addresses issues ranging from the Driver Safety Measurement System to the Pre-Employment Screening Program. This document can be found in the What's New section on the CSA website at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov.
Regulatory update: PHMSA issues correction to packaging specifications in CFR
In the May 26 Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a correction to Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 100 to 185, Section 178.601, regarding the retention of package testing records. More
Regulatory update: EPA seeking comments on mandatory electronic TRI reporting
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the opening of an online discussion forum on mandatory electronic reporting for Toxics Release Inventory data. EPA plans to soon issue a proposed rule to require the electronic reporting of TRI data. Under the proposed rule, facilities would be required to use the TRI Made Easy Web (TRI-MEweb) application to report TRI data. EPA now invites interested parties to comment on these plans for a TRI electronic reporting rule through the discussion forum. More
Gain insights at NACD's Northeast Region lunch; sign up now!
Please join us on Thursday, June 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in Lambertville, N.J., where members from the Northeast Region will gather for lunch, conversation and hear from Patrick Sweeny, Executive Vice President of Caliper. Patrick will talk to us about the best practices for recruiting the best talent that fits your organization. The luncheon will be held at The Inn at Lambertville Station, 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville, N.J., 08530. There is no cost to participate in the luncheon. It's NACD's way to "give back" to the region — providing opportunities for us to network and to learn from an expert.
If you are unable to attend, feel free to pass this invitation on to an appropriate contact in your organization. You are also encouraged to bring a guest who is not an NACD member, but who you think could benefit from joining the organization. Please RSVP to Sophia Bezas at NACD.
2011 Central Region Meeting: Is your name on the attendee list?
Register today for NACD's 2011 Central Region Annual Meeting on Thursday and Friday, June 23-24, at the beautiful Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis. The meeting will kick off with a pre-event golf outing on Wednesday, June 22.
Topics will include:
• Markets and Trends, with a focus on the Midwest Region
• Leveraging Management as a Competitive Advantage — The Role of Leadership in Managing Risk and Protecting Company Value
• How Technology is Changing Business for the Future
• An Integrated Approach to your Responsible Distribution and ISO programs
To view the agenda, click here.
The Meeting will be held at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa which exceeds all expectations for luxury with its accommodations! Grand Geneva Resort is just an hour's drive from Milwaukee's General Mitchell Airport and less than 90 minutes away from Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Shuttle Services are available from both airports. Discount rates are available through the Grand Geneva Airport Terminal.
EPA amends regulatory text for TSCA significant new use notification
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has amended the procedure for requests for modification or revocation of Toxic Substances Control Act section 5 significant new use notification requirements by establishing electronic submission requirements. More
Global automotive sector skids, impacting chemicals, but long-term growth prospects intact
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The Japan earthquake and tsunami are having lasting effects, disrupting the chemical chain in the near term. But the long-term growth story remains intact. More
Ashland to acquire specialty chemical-maker ISP for $3.2 billion
Ashland Inc., the maker of Valvoline motor oil, agreed to buy closely-held International Specialty Products Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash to tap demand for higher- margin ingredients used in shampoo, pharmaceuticals and toothpaste. The purchase will double Ashland's existing ingredients business, the Covington, Ky.,-based company said in a statement. More
Brenntag acquires regional distributor G.S. Robins
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Brenntag has announced the completion of the acquisition of G.S. Robins & Company, a leading regional distributor of industrial chemicals headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. More