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Top News
  • NACD Asks Federal Maritime Commission to Address Port Demurrage Charges
  • NACD Joins CA Chamber Letter on OEHHA's Proposed Changes to Prop 65 Website Regulation
  • OECD GHS Chemical Classification Search
  • Reminder for June 23 Webinar: Learn about the EPA's TRI Website


  • Regulatory Alerts
  • Chemical Facility Working Group Gives Safety Update
  • OSHA Clarifies PSM Enforcement, Adopts EPA Test
  • US Chemicals Sector Hails New Federal Study on Rail Rate Charges
  • FMCSA Final Rule on Confidential Business Information
  • EPA Proposing Significant New Use Rule for 30 Chemical Substances
  • EPA Announces New Environmental Justice Guidance for Regulatory Decision-Making
  • Are You Ready for the New Food Safety Rules?


  • Legislative News
  • McConnell: Congress Will Vote on Chemical Law Reform This Summer
  • House GOP Eyeing Another Shot at Trade Bill
  • West, Texas-Inspired Fertilizer Storage Bill Signed into Law
  • This New Transportation Bill Could Finally Solve America's Infrastructure Problem
  • Major Cosmetics Firms Get Behind Federal Bill





  • TOP NEWS


    NACD Asks Federal Maritime Commission to Address Port Demurrage Charges
    Last week, NACD and 94 other organizations sent a letter to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) urging them to take action on the issue of detention/demurrage charges as identified in the agency’s report Rules, Rates, and Practices Relating to Detention, Demurrage, and Free Time for Containerized Imports and Exports Moving Through Selected United States Ports.
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    NACD Joins CA Chamber Letter on OEHHA's Proposed Changes to Prop 65 Website Regulation
    NACD joined the California Chamber of Commerce and over 170 organizations in submitting comments on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA) Notice of Modification to Text to add Section 25205 to Title 27 of the California Code of Regulations pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act ("Prop 65").
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    OECD GHS Chemical Classification Search
    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released an Internet search capability that will make it easier to find how chemicals have been classified according to the United Nation's Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
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    Reminder for June 23 Webinar: Learn about the EPA's TRI Website
    EPA
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Release Inventory Program (TRI) reporting forms are due by July 1, 2015. The EPA will host a webinar on June 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT, to demonstrate how to use the TRI website, including where to find:
    • Key aspects of the TRI program and why TRI is important to you;
    • Basic TRI data for a particular geographic area;
    • Information on risk;
    • Resources designed specifically for communities;
    • What actions you can take related to TRI data and toxic chemicals; and
    • How to ask questions about and submit comments to the TRI program.

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    REGULATORY UPDATES


    Chemical Facility Working Group Gives Safety Update
    Safety+Health
    The Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group on June 9 published an update on actions taken to comply with a 2013 Executive Order on improving chemical facility safety and security. The group, which was established under the Executive Order, notes that the following actions have been taken since its May 2014 status report.
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    OSHA Clarifies PSM Enforcement, Adopts EPA Test
    Safety+Health
    OSHA has adopted a chemical concentration test similar to that of the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether a chemical is at or above the threshold quantity listed under the Process Safety Management Standard. For more than 20 years, OSHA has stated that threshold quantities for chemicals under the PSM standard without listed concentrations apply to "commercial grade" chemicals. This can be ambiguous, OSHA said in a June 8 memorandum.
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    US Chemicals Sector Hails New Federal Study on Rail Rate Charges
    ICIS News
    A new federal study says that railroad freight rate-setting procedures are badly in need of reform, a finding hailed on June 11 by U.S. chemical sector officials but blasted by rail industry leaders. The study by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) found that while federal reforms in 1980 rescued the nation’s then-floundering major railroads from collapse, those reforms are themselves now in need of modernization.
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    FMCSA Final Rule on Confidential Business Information
    FMCSA
    FMCSA amends its Rulemaking Procedures by adding a new section establishing the standards and procedures that the Agency will use regarding the submission of certainconfidential commercial or financial information that is referred to in this rule as “confidential business information” (CBI). This rule also sets forth the procedures for asserting a claim of confidentiality by parties who voluntarily submit CBI to the Agency in connection with a notice-and-comment rulemaking and in a manner consistent with the standards adopted in today's rule.
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    EPA Proposing Significant New Use Rule for 30 Chemical Substances
    EPA
    EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 30 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action would require persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of the chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this proposed rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification would provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit the activity before it occurs.
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    EPA Announces New Environmental Justice Guidance for Regulatory Decision-Making
    EPA Connect
    We work to achieve our mission to protect public health and the environment in a myriad of ways by providing for grants to states, incentive programs, and technical assistance – but we also issue rules. And, because we’re committed to environmental justice, we want to ensure that our regulations serve all people, including those who are often the most impacted by environmental harm and public health concerns.
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    Are You Ready for the New Food Safety Rules?
    Truckinginfo
    How clean must refrigerated transport trucks and trailers be under upcoming new federal regulations? Ask shippers, because it’s they who will decide, even if a lot of them aren’t ready to do so.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    McConnell: Congress Will Vote on Chemical Law Reform This Summer
    The Hill
    Congress is expected to vote on legislation to reform the nation’s toxic chemical laws before its August recess, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Morning Consult. In April, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter’s (R-La.) bill to overhaul the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by a 15-5 vote.
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    House GOP Eyeing Another Shot at Trade Bill
    POLITICO
    House Republicans could take another shot at passing President Obama’s trade agenda this week, just days after Democrats handed the president a stinging defeat by blocking the package.
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    West, Texas-Inspired Fertilizer Storage Bill Signed Into Law
    Waco Tribune-Herald
    A fertilizer safety bill inspired by the 2013 West, Texas, explosion that killed 15 people is now law and should ensure that no more ammonium nitrate facilities explode, said its author, state Rep. Kyle Kacal, R-College Station. Kacal, whose district includes West, stood with West Mayor Tommy Muska on June 6 as Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 942.
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    This New Transportation Bill Could Finally Solve America's Infrastructure Problem
    Business Insider
    There hasn't been a long-term solution for funding the repair and continuation of America’s crumbling transportation infrastructure for six years, but that could all be about to change. Seventeen lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in Congress have introduced legislation to provide federal transportation funding in the long term, with Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) in the driver’s seat.
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    Major Cosmetics Firms Get Behind Federal Bill
    Chemical Watch
    The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and several large cosmetics companies support the Personal Care Products Safety Act (S 1014) because it would modernise federal safety standards and halt the growth of state-level legislation. S 1014 would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), enacted in 1938; subsequent amendments to the Act have expanded the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) authority over many product sectors, but the cosmetics provisions have remained largely unchanged for 75 years.
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