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Regulatory Compliance Alert: EPA publishes CDR submission deadline in Federal Register
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an extension of the deadline to file Chemical Data Reports from June 30 to August 13. EPA published the official notice of the extension in the June 18 issue of the Federal Register. The extension follows requests from NACD, the American Chemistry Council and other organizations to extend the deadline until September 30. Chemical Data Reporting is much more extensive than the Inventory Update Reporting it replaced, so impacted companies are advised to continue working diligently on filing preparations. More

Regulatory Compliance Resources: Register today for Chemical Security Summit
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Registration is open for the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit, which will take place July 31-August 1 at the Baltimore Convention Center. If you would like to attend, please register here. Space for the summit is limited and high interest is expected again this year. More

Regulatory Update: TSA announces new temporary TWIC extension option
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The Transportation Security Administration has announced that, as of August 30, the agency will offer eligible holders of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials the opportunity to replace their expiring TWICs with three-year extended expiration date TWICs for a reduced fee of $60. The U.S. Coast Guard considers the EED TWIC equivalent to a standard TWIC and will allow port and vessel operators to accept the EED TWIC as they accept TWICs issued through the standard enrollment process. More

Regulatory Update: TSA seeks more flexibility in setting security assessment fees
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On June 13, the Transportation Security Administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to give the agency more flexibility in setting fees for security threat assessments on commercial drivers' license Hazardous Materials Endorsements and for Transportation Worker Identification Credentials. TSA is proposing to publish fee adjustments in the Federal Register rather than the CFR in the future to give the agency flexibility to lower or increase fees as necessary to cover program costs. More

Regulatory Update: FMCSA eliminates 'night baseball' arbitration format
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The Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a final revision to the Guidance for the Use of Binding Arbitration Under the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996, in which the "night baseball" arbitration format for its civil penalty forfeiture proceedings is eliminated. Under the night baseball procedure, the only issues remaining to be resolved by the arbitrator were the amount of the civil penalty owed and/or the length of time in which to pay it. Under the new procedures, the arbitrator would no longer be bound by the closest suggested penalty submission of the parties. More

Regulatory Update: DOT provides public access to packaging test results
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The Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced that for the first time it is making performance packaging manufacture, design qualification and production test results available to the public. More

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EPA must close gaps in chemical security, ex-chief says
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must close "gaping holes" in chemical-plant security that put millions of Americans at risk, former administrator Christine Todd Whitman said. The agency should use existing laws to bolster its ability to prevent an accidental release of chemicals, particularly poison gas, said Whitman, a Republican who ran the agency during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. More

Survey: CSA a concern for both carriers and shippers
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Results from Transport Capital Partners' Second Quarter 2012 Business Expectations show that not only are carriers concerned about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CSA regulations, but they have also found some of their shippers to be concerned about CSA scores as well. Just over 72 percent of carriers surveyed say that some of their customers are concerned about CSA scores while only 21 percent say no and 6 percent say all of their customers are concerned. More

ECHA finishes first combo review
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Scientists like to look at things in isolation, but consumer products invariably contain more than one chemical that can sometimes interact with biological systems in a cumulative manner presenting a difficult situation for regulators tasked with determining risks associated with exposure. The European Chemical Agency has for the first time looked at a group of chemicals as a combination when considering risks associated with exposure rather than looking at each chemical in isolation. More

Mideast turning itself into chemicals hub
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An additional 21.175 million tons per year of announced ethylene capacity is projected to come on line in the Middle East by 2018, including in Algeria, Egypt and Iran, based on analysis by ICIS. Ethylene capacity in the region is estimated at around 27.25 million tons per year. Planned expansions amount to 67 percent of existing regional capacity. But certain projects — such as those in Iran — are likely to be delayed or canceled on account of international sanctions. More

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