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Top News
  • NACD Praises Progress of TSCA Reform Legislation in Congress
  • HazCom Issue Highlights Importance of Engaging Regulatory Agencies
  • Chemical Security Summit Registration Now Open
  • Less than 30 Days to Complete 2014 TRI Forms


  • Regulatory Alerts
  • OSHA Publishes Interim Enforcement Guidance for the Hazard Communication Standard
  • The Day After OSHA's Big GHS Deadline: What's Changed?
  • EPA TSCA Significant New Use Final Rules on 22 Chemical Substances
  • Draft Guidance for Industry: FDA's Voluntary Qualified Importer Program & Small Business Concerns
  • NHTSA Publishes Final Rule Requiring Trucks Made in 2017 and Beyond to Be Equipped with Stability Control Systems
  • Obama Nominates New Pipeline, Rail Administrators at Transportation Department


  • Legislative News
  • Share Your Story: Regulatory Overreach
  • Committee Advances Bipartisan Breakthrough to Bring Chemical Safety Law into 21st Century
  • Gardner Introduces PORTS Act to Protect American Economy
  • Obama Weighs in on Hours of Service Rollback, Says It May Be Cause for Veto
  • Democrats Recount Labor's Pressure Tactics





  • TOP NEWS


    NACD Praises Progress of TSCA Reform Legislation in Congress
    NACD
    National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) President Eric R. Byer made the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce markup of draft legislation that would reform the nearly 40-year-old Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).
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    HazCom Issue Highlights Importance of Engaging Regulatory Agencies
    NACD
    On June 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard (HazCom) went into effect. This rule alters the ways chemical products are labeled and how their safety is reported. It is arguably the single most impactful regulation affecting the chemical industry since the implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Risk Management Program rule. To address concerns many in our industry had about compliance with HazCom, NACD pursued a multi-pronged approach to educate OSHA about the widespread impacts this new rule would have on the chemical supply chain.
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    Chemical Security Summit Registration Now Open
    Registration is now open for the 2015 Chemical Sector Security Summit, which will take place July 21-23 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, just outside of Washington, DC, in Northern Virginia. Click here to view the Summit agenda, and click here to register. For additional materials, including links to the official Summit web page and hotel reservation information, click here.
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    Less than 30 Days to Complete 2014 TRI Forms
    NACD
    Reporting forms for EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) are due by July 1, 2015. Facilities that meet the TRI reporting criteria must submit data annually to EPA as required by Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Updated reporting materials can be found on EPA’s website here. Watch the EPA webinar about reporting changes for 2014 here. For more information about the TRI program and to determine if your facility must report, click here. For NACD’s recently updated Regulatory Compliance Resources Checklist, click here.
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    REGULATORY UPDATES


    OSHA Publishes Interim Enforcement Guidance for the Hazard Communication Standard
    Bergeson & Campbell PC
    On May 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the "Interim Enforcement Guidance for Hazard Communication 2012 (HCS 2012) June 1, 2015 Effective Date" (Interim Guidance). This is a follow-up document to the February 9, 2015, "Enforcement Guidance for the Hazard Communication Standard's (HCS) June 1, 2015 Effective Date" (Enforcement Guidance). The Interim Guidance offers clarity on a few specific points to manufacturers, importers, and distributors on OSHA's HCS enforcement strategy.
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    The Day After OSHA's Big GHS Deadline: What's Changed?
    MSDSonline
    In May of 2012, OSHA officially adopted the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and set in motion a series of compliance deadlines for chemical manufacturers, distributors and employers who are covered by the Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom). The second and most important of those deadlines, June 1, 2015, was crossed recently.
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    EPA TSCA Significant New Use Final Rules on 22 Chemical Substances
    Regulations.gov
    EPA is promulgating significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 22 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). Two of these chemical substances are subject to TSCA section 5(e) consent orders issued by EPA. This action requires persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of these 22 chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification will provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs.
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    Draft Guidance for Industry: FDA's Voluntary Qualified Importer Program & Small Business Concerns
    Food and Drug Administration
    The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) (Pub. L. 111-353) (FSMA) enables the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) to better protect public health by helping to ensure the safety and security of the food supply. It enables FDA to focus more on preventing food safety problems rather than relying primarily on reacting to problems after they occur. FSMA recognizes the important role industry plays in ensuring the safety of the food supply, including the adoption of modern systems of preventive controls in food production. Under FSMA, those that import food have a responsibility to ensure that their suppliers produce food that meets U.S. safety standards.
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    NHTSA Publishes Final Rule Requiring Trucks Made in 2017 and Beyond to Be Equipped with Stability Control Systems
    Overdrive
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration June 3 published a Final Rule requiring that all trucks made Aug. 1, 2017, and after be equipped with electronic stability control systems that prevent vehicle rollovers. The mandate is aimed at truck manufacturers, not truck buyers, and applies to "typical three-axle tractors." The mandate only requires stability control systems and not broader active safety systems that brake autonomously.
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    Obama Nominates New Pipeline, Rail Administrators at Transportation Department
    President Barack Obama recently nominated new administrators for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration, the White House said. Marie Therese Dominguez, an assistant secretary at the Defense Department who has worked at the Transportation Department and National Transportation Safety Board, will be nominated as head of PHMSA, the White House said.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    Share Your Story: Regulatory Overreach
    NACD
    Led by Chairman James Lankford (R-OK) and Ranking Democratic Member Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management is gathering stories of the experiences individuals and businesses have with regulations for their #CutRedTape Initiative. Similarly, NACD encourages our membership to share their stories about how federal regulations impact their businesses with our legislative affairs team here.
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    Committee Advances Bipartisan Breakthrough to Bring Chemical Safety Law into 21st Century
    House Energy & Commerce Committee
    The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce advanced a toxic chemical safety bill on a nearly unanimous vote on Wednesday, clearing the bill to hit the House floor by the end of the month. NACD’s press release can be found here.
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    Gardner Introduces PORTS Act to Protect American Economy
    Senator Cory Gardner
    Last Friday, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced that he has introduced the Protecting Orderly and Responsible Transit of Shipments (PORTS) Act in the United States Senate to safeguard the American economy from the threat of labor shutdowns and slowdowns at seaports. Last week, NACD signed onto a coalition letter supporting the PORTS Act.
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    Obama Weighs in on Hours of Service Rollback, Says It May Be Cause for Veto
    Overdrive
    The Obama administration says it will strongly consider vetoing a bill to fund the Department of Transportation for the 2016 fiscal year, citing language in the bill that would reinforce last year’s suspension of some hours-of-service regulations as one of many reasons. Last week, NACD signed onto a coalition letter in support of the hours-of-service language.
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    Democrats Recount Labor's Pressure Tactics
    POLITICO
    The real fight over the trade agenda has always been in the House, and that’s where organized labor has been focusing for months. The aggressive effort has left even members who’ll be voting labor’s way bruised and others who’ll be supporting President Obama anxious. Last week, NACD signed onto a coalition letter in support of the Trade Preferences Extension Act linked to the trade package.
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