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Legislative victory: Senate committee approves clean chemical security extension
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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, with a strong bipartisan vote of 8-2, has approved legislation to extend the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards until October 2014 with no changes to the program. More

Legislative update: President calls for LIFO repeal
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President Obama is including repeal of the last-in-first-out (LIFO) inventory accounting method in his package of desired tax increases to address the debt limit. In recent years, LIFO repeal has been proposed numerous times as a revenue raiser, but this is the most severe threat to date, given the urgency of the debt situation and pressure from some to find new tax revenue. NACD is a member of the LIFO Coalition to fight these efforts as LIFO repeal would have a devastating impact on the NACD members who use it. More

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Regulatory update: PHMSA updates list of hazardous substances and reportable quantities
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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published a final rule in the Federal Register to revise the list of hazardous substances and reportable quantities. Specifically, PHMSA is removing saccharin and its salts from the list of hazardous substances and reportable quantities. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act requires PHMSA to list and regulate all hazardous substances designated by statute or by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More

Regulatory training resources: DOT to hold hazmat training sessions
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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is currently holding a series of hazardous materials training sessions. These free, two-day seminars are designed to educate hazardous materials employers and employees on hazardous materials regulations. More

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Regulatory update: OSHA issues update on MSDS requirements based on new carcinogen listings
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In the July 1 issue of the OSHA Quick Takes newsletter, the agency reminds employers who manufacture, distribute or use any of the eight chemicals with new or updated listings in the recently-issued National Toxicology Program's 12th Report on Carcinogens to examine their hazard communications programs to determine if the changes have any impact on them. More

Legislative update: Safe Cosmetics Act introduced in House
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Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and several other key members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced H.R. 2359, the Safe Cosmetics Act, to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate the ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. More

  General Business Interest

Federal truck safety plan includes shippers
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is adopting a five-year strategic plan that looks beyond truck and bus companies to include shippers and brokers in attempts to improve highway safety. The Department of Transportation agency said it would use a "transportation life-cycle" approach to reducing commercial truck and bus crash fatalities and injuries. That "holistic view of safety" includes "all the entities that control or influence the operation of" commercial motor vehicles, which would include shippers, consignees and third parties. More

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Maine modifies chemicals Act
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Legislation amending Maine's Toxic Chemicals in Toys and Children's Products Act of 2008 was adopted by the state's governor on June 13. Legislative Document 1129 changes the way in which chemicals are identified as priority chemicals, permits the removal of chemicals by petition and creates a "de minimus level" exemption for the priority chemical reporting requirements. More

NJ considering ban on fracking despite little gas
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Unlike neighboring Pennsylvania and New York, New Jersey is not believed to sit atop much natural gas. But that's not stopping New Jersey lawmakers from considering what would be the nation's first statewide ban on the natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. More

Power shortages in China hit chemical prices
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Power shortages, tighter credit and global economic concerns are to blame for falling chemical prices in China, as the country faces its most serious power shortage since 2004, which is taking a serious toll on chemical demand. More

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