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Top News
  • NACD Member Columbus Chemical Industries Welcomes Rep. Grothman to Facility
  • OSHA Publishes Inspection Procedures for 2012 Hazard Communication Standard Rule


  • Regulatory Alerts
  • EPA Publishes Final Rule to Require Electronic Filing for New Chemical and Use Information
  • EPA Publishes Underground Storage Tank Final Rule
  • Maritime Commission Releases Report on Port Congestion and Supply Chain Issues
  • Regulatory Preferred Provider Content – Bergeson & Campbell Monthly Update of Chemical Regulatory Developments
  • EPA Announces Over $500,000 in EPCRA Violation Penalties for Four Companies
  • Kansas Company to Pay Over $180,000 to Settle RMP Violations Under EPA Settlement
  • Chemical Plant Explosions Called "Criminal Act"


  • Legislative News
  • Time Running Out for TSCA Vote before August Break
  • House Approves $8 Billion Highway Funding Extension
  • Dems Pan Senate Highway Bill Regulatory Changes
  • Highway Funding Stalemate Looms
  • Chemical Safety Nominee Receives Praise





  • TOP NEWS


    NACD Member Columbus Chemical Industries Welcomes Rep. Grothman to Facility
    NACD
    Last Friday, Columbus Chemical Industries (CCI) opened the doors of their Columbus, WI, facility to Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) to show him the value and safety of chemical distribution companies that participate in programs like NACD Responsible Distribution®. If you are interested in hosting a congressional site visit, please contact Doug Leigh at dleigh@nacd.com.
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    OSHA Publishes Inspection Procedures for 2012 Hazard Communication Standard Rule
    Yesterday, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its official guidance to agency compliance officers for enforcing the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012). This directive, CPL 02-02-079, establishes policies and procedures designed to ensure uniform enforcement of HCS 2012 across the nation.
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    EPA Publishes Final Rule to Require Electronic Filing for New Chemical and Use Information
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final rule in the July 20 Federal Register to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 5 electronic reporting regulations. These electronic reporting regulations establish standards and requirements for use of EPA's Central Data Exchange (CDX) to electronically submit premanufacture notices (PMNs), other TSCA section 5 notices, and support documents to the agency.
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    EPA Publishes Underground Storage Tank Final Rule
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final rule to revise the underground storage tank (UST) regulations in the July 15 Federal Register. EPA announced the new rule last month.
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    Maritime Commission Releases Report on Port Congestion and Supply Chain Issues
    The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has announced the release of a staff report on port congestion titled U.S. Port Congestion & Related International Supply Chain Issues: Causes, Consequences & Challenges.
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    Regulatory Preferred Provider Content — Bergeson & Campbell Monthly Update of Chemical Regulatory Developments
    Bergeson & Campbell
    On June 17, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability for comment of several Series 810, non-binding, draft test guidelines developed by the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). 80 Fed. Reg. 34638. The test guidelines provide guidance on conducting testing by the public and companies that are subject to EPA data submission requirements under OCSPP's major statutory mandates.
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    EPA Announces Over $500,000 in EPCRA Violation Penalties for Four Companies
    EPA
    Four Washington companies have signed settlements for violations of federal chemical storage laws, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s investigations found that the companies failed to properly report storage of significant amounts of hazardous chemicals at their facilities to the local and state response authorities as required under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
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    Kansas Company to Pay Over $180,000 to Settle RMP Violations Under EPA Settlement
    EPA
    In a settlement agreement with EPA Region 7 filed today, Wilbur-Ellis Company has agreed to pay a $67,404 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its fertilizer facilities in White Cloud, Troy, and Silver Lake, Kan. The company is also required to spend an additional $113,121 on emergency response equipment to complete a Supplemental Environmental Project, benefitting the Sedgwick Fire Department and Doniphan County.
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    Chemical Plant Explosions Called "Criminal Act"
    Agence France-Presse via IndustryWeek
    Two blasts at a petrochemical plant in France appear to have been a "criminal act" but investigators have been unable to pin down a motive, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said July 14. "There is a probe underway. The first indications show that we are dealing with a criminal act, but no motive has been established," Cazeneuve told the lower house of parliament.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    Time Running Out for TSCA Vote before August Break
    Bloomberg BNA
    Supporters of the first major overhaul of a U.S. chemical law are continuing to press Senate Republican leaders for a vote on the bill (S. 697) before the August recess, but the window of opportunity for floor time may be closing fast.
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    House Approves $8 Billion Highway Funding Extension
    The Hill
    The House voted last Wednesday to approve an $8 billion bill to extend federal transportation funding until December. The bill passed in a 312-119 vote. It now goes to the Senate.
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    Dems Pan Senate Highway Bill Regulatory Changes
    The Hill
    The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved its portion of a potential multi-year transportation bill during a mark-up last Wednesday as lawmakers are scrambling to beat a July 31 deadline for the expiration of the current infrastructure spending measure.
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    Highway Funding Stalemate Looms
    The Hill
    A showdown over funding federal transportation projects is brewing in the penultimate week before Congress leaves town for its summer break. The Senate will start its work on a bill to fund federal highways, with an early procedural vote on Tuesday.
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    Chemical Safety Nominee Receives Praise
    The Hill
    Senators widely praised President Obama's new pick for the Chemical Safety Board, Kirsten Kulinowski, during a hearing before the Environment and Public Works Committee. The president tapped Kulinowski to join the five-person board that investigates chemical accidents following the resignation of the last chairman.
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