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Regulatory Resources — NACD Regulatory Webinar — Chemical Safety and Security Executive Order — One Year Later
Please join NACD on Thursday, July 31, at 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time for a webinar addressing the latest important developments on the chemical executive order. Last month, the Interagency Working Group (IWG) established by the executive order publicly released a milestone document titled Actions to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security – A Shared Commitment — Report for the President. During the webinar, NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson will outline the various elements of the report, highlighting those that could most impact NACD members, and discuss next steps and timelines for additional regulatory action. Click here to register for the webinar.
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Legislative Update — Response to NACD Letter Calling for Surface Transportation Board Reform
NACD, along with 23 other associations, earlier this month signed onto a letter to congressional leaders advocating for sensible reforms to the Surface Transportation Board (STB). The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has responded to our coalition letter. AAR concedes for the first time that some STB reforms are appropriate.
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Regulatory Update — FMCSA Updates National Hazardous Materials Route Registry
Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published and updated the National Hazardous Materials Route Registry (NHMRR), which is a listing of all designated and restricted road and highway routes for highway route controlled quantities of Class 7 (radioactive) materials and non-radioactive hazardous materials for transportation, as reported by state and tribal government routing officials. The updates are effective immediately. The notice also provides the limitations for using these routes.
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Regulatory Resources — FMCSA Enhances CSA Website
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) unveiled enhancements to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) website to help drivers and motor carriers "Get Road Smart" about CSA, the agency's safety compliance and enforcement program.
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Regulatory Update — OSHA Says Mixture Ingredients with Health Hazards at or above Concentration Limits Must Be Listed on SDSs
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a letter of interpretation clarifying that ingredients of chemical mixtures must be listed for products containing a sensitizer above the cut-off value/concentration limit. These ingredients must be listed in Section 3 of the Safety Data Sheet even though the mixture itself is not a sensitizer.
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Regulatory Update — EPA Withdraws and Re-Proposes Pesticide Export Labeling Changes
Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule to allow information required under the pesticide export regulations to be placed on collateral labeling (such as bulletins, leaflets, circulars, brochures, data sheets, or flyers) attached to a shipping container of pesticide products rather than on the immediate package of each individual product in the shipment.
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Regulatory Update — EPA Proposes Rule to Limit Toxic Emissions from Off-Site Waste, Recovery Facilities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule targeting hazardous air pollution from facilities that store, treat, recover or dispose of waste, used oil and used solvents. The proposal would amend its national emissions standards for hazardous air pollution for off-site waste and recovery operations to limit emissions from process vents, tanks and equipment leaks at those facilities.
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Regulatory Update — DEA Adds Tramadol to Schedule IV Controlled Substances
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has placed the substance 2-[(dimethylamino)methyl]-1-(3-methoxyphenyl) cyclohexanol (tramadol), including its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers, into Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act. This action imposes the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule IV controlled substances on persons who handle (manufacture, distribute, dispense, import, export, engage in research, conduct instructional activities with, or possess) or propose to handle tramadol. The final rule will take effect Aug. 18.
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Another Tank Dismantled at Freedom Industries
WCHS-TV
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board revealed July 16 that a hole was found in a second MCHM tank next to tank 396 that leaked 10,000 gallons of the chemical into West Virginia water supplies in January.
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CSB's Preliminary Findings of Freedom Industries Investigation
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In an update on the investigation into the chemical storage tank leak that contaminated the drinking water of up to 300,000 residents of nine West Virginia counties, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board reported July 16 it has thus far found no record of a formal, industry-approved inspection performed on any of the chemical storage tanks at Freedom Industries prior to the massive leak that occurred on Jan. 9. Informal inspections may have occurred, preliminary findings indicate, but investigators have found a lack of appropriate engineering inspections with prescribed frequency and rigor of inspections.
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DOT Advised to Use Technology for National Freight Strategic Plan
Commercial Carrier Journal
A Department of Transportation committee has advised using technology to address certain trucking issues among its 81 recommendations for developing a National Freight Strategic Plan. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx released the National Freight Advisory Committee's report July 14. The 47-member committee includes stakeholders from trucking, rail, unions and public interest groups.
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Safety Data Sheets: Tips to Reduce Risks
Lexology
For companies that manufacture and distribute chemical products, preparing and maintaining Safety Data Sheets (SDS) can seem like simple and routine tasks. However, this is not always the case. Companies that consistently follow simple tips may avoid common pitfalls that await the unwary.
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Importers Scramble to Protect Against West Coast Port Labor Strikes
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As contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continue, retailers are preparing to make alternative logistics and shipping arrangements.
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Fracking Industry Seeks Better Chemicals
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Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, propels fluids deep into the Earth to break up rock and release natural gas. It's an impressive feat of engineering that collects a relatively clean-burning fuel, but it has issues. Scientists have linked the process to mild seismic activity. It also uses lots of water and many toxic chemicals. Scientists haven't solved every potential problem with fracking. But they are working to replace many of the chemicals in the fluid, which contains sand, biocides, mineral-dissolving acids and more.
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Is the Texas Fertilizer Explosion Doomed to Repeat Itself?
Chem.Info
The small town of West, Texas, recently marked the one year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that shook the community, killing 15 people and injuring 200 others. Since the blast in West, little has been done to ensure it won't happen again.
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Supply Chain: Finding the Right Justifiers
Kellogg Insight
There are purchases that keep purchasing managers up at night — the crucial products and services that contribute to a company's ability to differentiate its offerings to its customers. These strategic purchases require attention, research and resources. Then there are all the other necessary but undifferentiated, nonstrategic products and services they are responsible for purchasing. In B2B sales, suppliers and purchasers can work together to streamline nonstrategic purchasing for the good of both parties.
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