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Regulatory Deadline — TRI Reports for 2013 Due in Two Weeks on July 1
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Toxic Release Inventory reporting deadline of July 1 is fast approaching. The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, Section 313: Toxic Release Inventory Reports (TRI) (40 CFR Part 372), requires facilities, including chemical distributors, to report the manufacture (including import), use, processing (including blending or repackaging) and releases of certain chemicals if the facility employs 10 or more full-time employees and manufactures or processes more than 25,000 pounds of a TRI-listed chemical or otherwise uses more than 10,000 pounds of a listed chemical in a given year.
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Regulatory Update — EPA Updates Chemical Data Reporting Database
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its publicly available non-confidential 2012 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) database and three fact sheets on the 2012 CDR data. The updated 2012 CDR database includes amendments to previously submitted information as well as information submitted by new companies which had not reported prior to the earlier database release in April 2013.
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Regulatory Update — EPA Mentions General Duty Clause in Reminder to Minimize Releases during Bad Weather
With the official beginning of hurricane season, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued its annual Hazardous Weather Release Prevention and Reporting Alert. This alert reminds facility operators of certain regulations that require minimization of chemical releases during process shut down operations. The alert is designed to increase awareness among facility operators about their obligation to operate facilities safely and report chemical releases in a timely manner.
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Regulatory Update — FMCSA Changes Motor Carrier Information System to Allow for Removal of Cases Where Driver Found Not Guilty
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced in a Federal Register notice that beginning August 23, motor carriers and drivers will be able to request the removal of roadside inspection violations from agency data systems to more accurately reflect outcomes of judicial proceedings.
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Regulatory Resources — Room Block Deadline for Chemical Security Summit is This Week
This coming Friday, June 20, is the deadline to secure hotel rooms at the group discount rate of $147/ night plus tax at the Hilton Baltimore for the 2014 Chemical Security Summit. To reserve your room today, click here or call 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) and refer to the group code SCM. The Chemical Security Summit will take place July 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is attached to the Hilton. Click here to register. There is no registration fee for the Summit.
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Regulatory Resources — FDA Issues Final Compliance Policy Guide on Food Facility Registration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the availability of "Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 100.250 Food Facility Registration — Human and Animal Food" (the CPG). The CPG provides guidance for FDA staff regarding the enforcement of the food facility registration provisions of section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), which were amended by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). More information is available here. To learn more about FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act, click here.
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Regulatory Update — Inspector General Report Issues New Report on Chemical Safety Board Management Challenges
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a letter on the key management challenges confronting the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). The OIG found that CSB has an investigative "gap" between the number of accidents that it investigates and the number of accidents that fall under its statutory responsibility to investigate and recommended that the agency reprioritize its resources in order to close this gap.
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Security Resources — NACD Members Invited to Participate in Chemical Industry Outreach Workshop in Pennsylvania
On Monday June 23, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Philadelphia Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security State University Bomb Squad will present an explosives workshop 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.
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International Regulatory Update — NACD Regulatory Partner Affiliate Issues Memo on Upcoming Worldwide GHS Deadlines
The ACTA Group, L.L.C., an Affiliate of NACD Environmental Regulatory Partner Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. recently issued a memorandum listing the deadlines for various countries' adaptations of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (UN GHS). These include major re-evaluations of how chemical mixtures and substances are classified, re-authoring of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), and re-labeling requirements for the U.S., the European Region, Brazil, Serbia, Malaysia, Australia, and South Africa. Click here to read the full memorandum.
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State Regulatory Update — New Vermont Chemical Regulatory Program Enacted
Last week, the governor of Vermont signed into law a bill to regulate chemicals used in children's products. The law requires the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) to create a list of chemicals of concern and post the list on its website. In doing so, VDH will utilize lists already developed by other agencies including the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the European Union.
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Tracy Morgan Crash Brings New Attention to Trucker Rest Rules
Bloomberg Businessweek
The truck crash that killed comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair and injured Tracy Morgan and three other passengers may give new urgency to a long-running debate over federal rest rules for commercial truckers.
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House Sides with Teamsters on HOS
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The transportation funding bill passed this week by the U.S. House of Representatives does not include a provision to suspend the hours of service restart provision. Some legislative insiders expected the House to add an amendment similar to the Senate amendment to defund enforcement for the restart, but the lower chamber instead seemed to side with the Teamsters union, which sent a letter asking Congressmen to oppose such an initiative.
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House Vote Blocks FMCSA's Attempt to Hike Carrier Insurance Minimums
Commercial Carrier Journal
Continuing Congressional action of late to try to rein in some Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulatory activities, the U.S. House voted June 9 to add an amendment to its version of an annual DOT funding bill to stop the agency from increasing the minimum amount of liability insurance carriers must have.
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EPA Identifies Safer Substitutes for Toxic Flame Retardants
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing safer alternatives to the flame retardants now used in consumer and commercial products, including building insulation and products with flexible polyurethane foam. "EPA's findings for safer alternatives is great news for consumers and industry," said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "We will now have safer alternatives for use in our products from furniture to car seats to building insulation."
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California Considers Replacing Fuel Tax with Mileage Tax
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California could become the third West Coast state to test the feasibility of replacing state fuel excise tax with a vehicle-miles-traveled fee. On June 2, the state assembly's transportation committee received SB 1077 after the Senate approved it by a 23-11 vote. The measure would require the California Transportation Agency create a voluntary pilot program by 2016, but the CTA would not be permitted to collect fees.
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