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Legislative update: House Homeland Security Committee to consider chemical security extension
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On June 22, the full House Homeland Security Committee will take up H.R. 901, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Security Authorization Act, to extend the authority of the Department of Homeland Security to regulate chemical facilities through Sept. 30, 2018. NACD supports H.R. 901 because, like similar legislation, H.R. 908, which the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved last month, it would allow the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) to be fully implemented and evaluated before changes are made to the program. More



Regulatory update: DHS publishes items on CFATS Personnel Surety Program
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On June 14, the Department of Homeland Security published three items in the Federal Register on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Personnel Surety Program. Industry has expressed concerns about the DHS Personnel Surety Program because it would establish a cumbersome system requiring facilities to submit information to DHS on all individuals, including employees, contractors and delivery personnel, who have access to certain areas at CFATS covered facilities. More

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Regulatory update: US government adds new substances to list of carcinogens
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Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services added eight substances to its Report on Carcinogens, a document that identifies chemicals and biological agents that may put people at increased risk for cancer. The industrial chemical formaldehyde and a botanical known as aristolochic acids are now listed as known human carcinogens. In addition, six other substances — captafol, cobalt-tungsten carbide (in powder or hard metal form), certain inhalable glass wool fibers, o-nitrotoluene, riddelliine, and styrene — are added as substances that are reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens. More

Regulatory update: Organizations release 'Action Agenda' for US chemicals policy
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Earlier this month, the Leadership Council of the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures released Addressing Public Health and Chemical Exposures: An Action Agenda. This report calls for an increased emphasis on preventing harmful chemical exposures, the reform of outdated and ineffective policies such as the Toxic Substances Control Act, and the promotion of the health of children and other vulnerable populations. More

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Regulatory update: EPA releases new online chemical databases
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released new online databases to make it easier for scientists and the public to find information on chemicals. EPA states that these new databases link together two important pieces of chemical research — exposure and toxicity data — both of which are required when considering potential risks posed by chemicals. The databases are connected through EPA's Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource, an online data warehouse that collects data on over 500,000 chemicals from over 500 public sources. More

Legislative update: Bill introduced to increase OSHA fines and worker protection
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Earlier this month, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, introduced S. 1166, the Protecting America's Workers Act. The bill seeks to decrease workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths by expanding the Occupational Safety and Health Act to include state, county, municipal and U.S. government employees; increasing employee whistleblower protections, and increases Occupational Safety and Health Administration reporting, inspection and enforcement capabilities. More




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FMCSA announces new Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee members
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the appointment of five new members to its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee. The MCSAC was established by Congress in 2006 to provide advice and recommendations to the FMCSA administrator on motor carrier safety programs and regulations. Composed of 19 members overall, the MCSAC includes representatives from national safety organizations, the truck and bus industry, state law enforcement, organized labor and the commercial insurance sector. More

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South Korea issues final consolidated list of toxic chemical classifications
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The South Korean Ministry of Environment's National Institute of Environmental Research has published its final list of toxic chemical classifications according to the U.N. Globally Harmonized System. The list includes all the classified chemicals that were announced in batches in the previous year for public consultation. It consists of 618 toxic chemical classifications in total. More

EPA opens applications for critical uses of methyl bromide
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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced in the Federal Register that it is accepting applications for critical use exemptions from the phaseout of methyl bromide scheduled for 2014. More



Rhodia CEO sees no signs of a major slowdown in China
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Despite widespread concerns about a slowdown in China's chemical sector, one major international chemical company CEO sees no evidence of a major shift in the growth trend. More
 
 

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