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Regulatory Update: EPA publishes final rule to require more data on EPCRA Tier I and II reports
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On Friday, July 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule in the Federal Register to require facilities to report additional information in Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory (Tier I and II) forms. The final rule will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014. This will allow facilities to prepare for the changes with 2013 data that must be reported by March 1, 2014. More



Legislative Update: Bipartisan group of senators send letter to EPA on flame retardants
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A bipartisan group of 26 senators recently sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson asking the agency to increase oversight of polybrominated diphenyl ethers and to require manufacturers, importers and processors to provide more data about these compounds, which are commonly used as flame retardants. The attention to flame retardants follows a recent Chicago Tribune investigative report alleging that flame retardant manufacturers misled the public about the risks and effectiveness of these materials. More

Regulatory Update: Chemical Safety Board issues video on inherently safer technologies
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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has released a new safety video that examines the concept of inherent safety and its application across industry. The video, "Inherently Safer: The Future of Risk Reduction," stems from the August 2008 explosion that killed two workers and injured eight others at the Bayer CropScience chemical plant in Institute, W. Va. The 11-minute CSB video discusses the four main components of inherently safer design as identified by the NAS study. More

Legislative Update: House committee holds hearing on FMCSA CSA program
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The House Small Business Committee recently held a hearing on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program's impacts on small business. FMCSA Deputy Administrator William Bronrott said that the administration's policies are working to ensure the safety and accountability of everyone on the road while keeping in mind small businesses in the trucking industry. The committee questioned Mr. Bronrott on some of the CSA policies and programs that are believed to contain flaws in their methods. More

Regulatory Update: EPA to hold July 25 webinar on PMN electronic reporting tool
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will hold a webinar on July 25 from 1-3 p.m. EDT on the use of the premanufacture notice thin client electronic reporting tool. EPA states that the webinar will cover the highlights of the thin client tool, submitter roles and a demonstration of select portions of the tool. Time will be allotted for questions related to the tool. EPA states that questions related to specific reporting requirements will not be covered during the webinar. More

State Legislative Update: Signatures still needed for letter to California Gov. Brown on green chemistry regulations
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The deadline to sign the industry letter to California Gov. Jerry Brown expressing concerns about the Safer Consumer Products Regulations has been extended. The goal is to have at least 200 trade association and company signatures on the letter to provide adequate cover for the signatories. The letter will not be sent with fewer than 200 signatures. As of July 16, 131 organizations had signed the letter, including NACD and member companies. If your company has operations in California and has not already signed the letter, please do so right away by filling out the online form at http://greenchemistryalliance.org/Hxc7g. More


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Commentary: Members unite in Washington to strengthen NACD
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Chemical distributors united this past May in Washington, D.C., to talk to legislators about the important role the chemical distribution industry has in the U.S. economy, and the unique connections distributors provide in delivering vital products used in every industry. Through one-on-one meetings, they explained how their operations work and how each and every one of them safely and securely handles, stores and delivers important ingredients daily to over 750,000 customers. More



Top 100 distributors featured in ICIS Chemical Business July 16 issue
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NACD members featured prominently in the annual global ranking published in ICIS Chemical Business' recent issue. Ninety-four percent of the U.S. distributors on the list are NACD members. In addition to Chris Jahn's commentary listed above, ICIS also ran a feature article on NACD's government affairs programs on page 34-35. To view the full issue and the Top 100 listing, click here.

Changes considered for CBP empty container rule
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National Tank Truck Carriers recently met with its coalition partners to discuss varied operating issues associated with the imminent enforcement of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection cross-border residue rule. CBP has offered to make some changes in the rule. The latest proposal that CBP has submitted would allow carriers to use a Section 321 manifest/entry for residue that is under 3 percent of the gross volume of the container. More

EPA publishes final report on leukemia-inducing chemicals
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The Environmental Protection Agency has published its final report on the causes of lymphohematopoietic cancers, including industrial chemicals. The report notes that around a quarter of the 100 carcinogenic agents identified to date by the International Agency for Research on Cancer have been shown to induce either leukemias or lymphomas in humans. More

Chemical giant foils infected USB stick espionage bid
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An attempt to infiltrate the corporate systems of Dutch chemical giant DSM by leaving malware-riddled USB sticks in the corporation's car park has failed. Instead of plugging the discarded drives into a workstation, which would have infected the machine, the worker who first found one of the devices handed it in to DSM's IT department. System administrators subsequently found an unspecified password-stealing keylogger, according to local reports. More


 

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