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Regulatory Update: PHMSA seeks comment on reverse logistics proposal
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On July 5, the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on reverse logistics for hazardous materials. PHMSA is considering an official definition for "reverse logistics" and a possible new section in the Hazardous Materials Regulations to clearly identify responsibilities of shippers in this area. In the notice, the agency is soliciting comment on 15 questions ranging from what types of hazardous materials and quantities are typically returned to which employees should be subject to hazardous materials training requirements. Comments are due to PHMSA by Oct. 3. More



Legislative Update: House committee holds hearing on OSHA Voluntary Protection Program
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The House of Representatives Subcommittee on Workforce Protections recently held a hearing on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program. The VPP is a valuable compliance tool for many industries, including chemical distribution. During the hearing, witnesses debated the value of programs such as the VPP versus a regular OSHA inspection and enforcement program. More

State Regulatory Update: Today is deadline to sign letter on California Consumer Products Regulations
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NACD recently sent a Regulatory Action Alert to members located in California regarding the Department of Toxic Substances Control's proposed Safer Consumer Products Regulations that could adversely affect businesses in the state, including chemical distributors. These regulations have been in development since 2008 when the state legislature charged DTSC to apply rigorous scientific standards to the study of potential hazards of chemicals and to require the identification of safer alternatives. The deadline to sign the letter is today, Tuesday, July 10 at 5 p.m. PDT. If you would like a copy of the full alert or have questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Gibson, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at (703) 527-6223 x3047 or jgibson@nacd.com. More


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ChemWeek examines Responsible Care, ChemStewards and Responsible Distribution
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ACC is working on Responsible Care revisions that attempt to quell concerns about the safety of chemicals while maintaining the program's focus on process safety and community outreach. More

EPA publishes list of new substances covered by TSCA Section 5
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As required by Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Environmental Protection Agency has published the list of 34 premanufacturing notices and 22 notices of commencement to manufacture received between May 1 and May 25. Of the PMNs, 19 have their manufacturer or importer protected as confidential business information. More

PHMSA publishes lack of preemption notice
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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration has published a notice in the Federal Register regarding the preemptive status of the Federal Hazardous Materials Regulation. The notice is in response to a letter requesting clarification of that status in a state civil suit under common law. More



EOBR cutoff faces opposition in Senate
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A bid by owner-operators to cut off funding for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic onboard recorder rule appears unlikely to pass. Close followers of the issue note that while it isn't wise to say "never" in Washington, the cutoff faces stiff opposition in the Senate. The amendment was attached to the House's bill appropriating 2013 money to the Department of Transportation. More

3 GOP senators join call for action on toxic flame retardants
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The first signs of bipartisan support for overhauling the nation's chemical safety law have emerged, as three Republicans joined 23 other senators calling for tough restrictions on toxic flame retardants. Senators who signed the letter included several co-sponsors of legislation to revamp the chemical safety law. The letter stopped short of endorsing Frank Lautenberg's proposed Safe Chemicals Act, which would give the EPA more authority to regulate chemicals and require manufacturers to prove their products are safe before putting them on the market. More

Few trucking jobs added in June
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The Journal of Commerce Trucking Employment Index edged up one-tenth of a percentage point in June as trucking hiring slowed to a crawl. The index reading for June was 92.8, compared with 92.7 in May and 90 a year ago, indicating for-hire trucking employment is nearly 8 percent below its 2007 peak. More

US chemical output sags in May
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U.S. chemical production continues its monthly declining streak as reflected in recently released data by the American Chemistry Council. The trade group said on July 2 that the Chemical Production Regional Index fell 0.3 percent in May, following a downwardly revised 0.5 percent decline in April. Output from the U.S. manufacturing sector, the largest consumer of chemical products, nudged down 0.1 percent in May, following a 0.3 percent gain a month ago. More

Economic outlook for US chemistry industry mixed
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The financial crisis in Europe along with a slowdown in China and other emerging economies continue to take a toll on demand for U.S. exports. This outlook, coupled with weakness in U.S. manufacturing, will likely produce muted demand for chemical products in the second half of 2012, according to the American Chemistry Council's Mid-Year 2012 Situation and Outlook. More


 

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