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  • NACD Unveils New Online Training Center — NACD U
  • Toxic Substances Reform Could Be Last on Senate's Pre-Recess Agenda
  • CPB Provides Initial Information on GSP Refunds
  • Chemical Security Summit One Week Away — Last Chance to Register


  • Regulatory Alerts
  • U.S. Trade Office Releases 2014 GSP Annual Review Details
  • DHS Publishes Information on How to Report a CFATS Violation
  • OSHA Offers Free On-Site Consultation Program
  • Regulatory Compliance Preferred Provider — OSHA HazCom2012 — One Month after the Deadline: What's Different?
  • Regulatory Compliance Preferred Provider — New Exclusions for Solvent Recycling and Hazardous Secondary Materials
  • Fire at Chevron Refinery in California Led to Infighting at U.S. Chemical Safety Board
  • Unlicensed Hazmat Storage Supports RCRA Conviction


  • Legislative News
  • Congress Races Toward Highway Trust Fund Deadline
  • Group Pushes Congress to Up Federal Truck Weight Limit
  • Lawmakers Seek Probe of Ex-Head of Chemical Safety Board



  • TOP NEWS


    NACD Unveils New Online Training Center — NACD U
    NACD is thrilled to announce the launch of NACD U, NACD's new online training center, specifically designed to improve the skills, knowledge, and professional development of your workforce. NACD U has more than 70 courses currently available on a wide range of topics, many of which are in partnership with J.J. Keller & Associates Inc. New courses will be added regularly, including a custom built Responsible Distribution 101 course scheduled to launch by ChemEdge. Visit NACD U today to browse the course offerings or to take a course by using your NACD Members Only username and password.
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    Toxic Substances Reform Could Be Last On Senate's Pre-Recess Agenda
    Morning Consult
    Despite Senate floor time being dominated by education and transportation bills ahead of the August recess, Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman James Inhofe says he expects a vote on reforming the nation’s decades-old toxic chemical laws before Congress skips town. Inhofe (R–Okla.) said in an interview July 9 that as soon the Senate completes work on an education bill, the body would move to consider either transportation legislation or a bill to reform the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act.
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    CPB Provides Initial Information on GSP Refunds
    Now that the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) renewal legislation has been signed into law, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will issue formal guidance soon on how parties can obtain refunds. In the meantime, the agency has told industry that July 29, 2015, will be the official restart date, on or after which products entering the U.S. and claiming GSP will not face import tariffs. CBP also said that if a party claimed GSP on the original entry, the refund will be processed automatically.
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    Chemical Security Summit One Week Away — Last Chance to Register
    Registration is still available for the 2015 Chemical Sector Security Summit, which will take place next Tuesday through Thursday, July 21-23, at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, just outside of Washington, DC in Northern Virginia.
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    REGULATORY ALERTS


    U.S. Trade Office Releases 2014 GSP Annual Review Details
    Last week, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released the details and schedule for the 2014 Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Annual Review. Normally a review would take about a year, but the recently-enacted GSP renewal bill included language saying the 2014 review must be concluded by October 1, and any changes to GSP eligibility will take effect on that date.
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    DHS Publishes Information on How to Report a CFATS Violation
    To provide the public with information on how to report a Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) violation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed a webpage and fact sheet.
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    OSHA Offers Free On-Site Consultation Program
    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers fee on-site consultation services to help employers improve workplace safety and health. The On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential occupational safety and health advice to small and medium-sized businesses across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. The services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations.
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    Regulatory Compliance Preferred Provider — OSHA HazCom2012 — One Month after the Deadline: What's Different?
    ICC Compliance Center
    For those in the hazard communication industry, the question "Where's The Beef?" applies because of the June 1st deadline. This deadline was for all safety data sheets (SDS) and labels to be updated under the new OSHA HazCom2012 format. It is now after July 1st and many downstream users are asking "Where are the updated SDS and labels" much like in the Wendy’s commercial. Granted some companies made the deadline and are supplying the new versions of the documents. Unfortunately, there are a great many that have not.
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    Regulatory Compliance Preferred Provider — New Exclusions for Solvent Recycling and Hazardous Secondary Materials
    According to the Environmental Resource Center, EPA’s new final rule on the definition of solid waste will present additional opportunities for waste recycling outside the scope of the full hazardous waste regulations. This rule, which goes into effect on July 13, 2015, will maintain critical environmental protections while streamlining the regulatory burden for legitimately recycled wastes.
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    Fire at Chevron Refinery in California Led to Infighting at U.S. Chemical Safety Board
    FuelFix
    The tiny federal agency that investigates the nation’s biggest industrial accidents and has urged big reforms in how California regulates oil refineries is in disarray. To some, the strife at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board — the 40-person authority charged with investigating industrial accidents and recommending ways to improve safety — bears strong resemblance to the headlines from developing nations.
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    Unlicensed Hazmat Storage Supports RCRA Conviction
    Energy & Environmental Law Blog
    The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the federal law that regulates management of hazardous waste, is complicated and compliance can be tricky … but not impossible. Our experience is that good faith efforts to comply will avoid serious regulatory problems. A recent decision by the Ninth Circuit proves that the converse is true as well and that the courts will sniff out attempts at evasion.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    Congress Races Toward Highway Trust Fund Deadline
    The Washington Post
    Congress returns on Tuesday to a familiar scenario: the federal Highway Trust Fund is about to expire and lawmakers have not figured out how to pay for an extension of the program. Leaders in the House and Senate plan to spend the four weeks remaining before funding for road and bridge projects expires July 31 negotiating a reauthorization of the program, while also working on proposals to revamp the No Child Left Behind education law, cybersecurity legislation and several appropriations bills.
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    Group Pushes Congress to Up Federal Truck Weight Limit
    Truckinginfo
    The legislative drive to allow the nationwide operation of twin 33-foot trailers isn’t the only effort under way on Capitol Hill to liberalize federal truck size/weight limits. The Coalition for Transportation Productivity is revving up its lobbying to increase the federal vehicle weight limit to 97,000 pounds for tractor-trailers equipped with a sixth axle.
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    Lawmakers Seek Probe of Ex-Head of Chemical Safety Board
    The Associated Press via Fox News
    Two House members are seeking a Justice Department investigation of the former head of the federal board that investigates chemical accidents, saying they believe he made multiple false statements while testifying before an oversight committee. The request for the federal probe was being sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch by the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been investigating what they say are wide-ranging problems at the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.
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