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Legislative Update: Senate committee to vote on Safe Chemicals Act
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The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is scheduled to vote on S. 847, the Safe Chemicals Act, on Wednesday, July 25. This legislation, sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., would reform the Toxic Substances Control Act by requiring chemical manufacturers and processors to submit minimum data sets for all substances they produce, requiring the EPA to prioritize chemicals based on risk, requiring each chemical to meet a safety standard of "reasonable certainty that no harm will result to human health or the environment from aggregate exposure," and placing limits on the ability of companies to claim confidential business information. More



Legislative Update: NACD calls for enactment of bill to reduce regulatory burdens
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NACD has joined dozens of other trade associations in asking the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Jobs Creation Act. A vote on the bill is expected later this week. H.R. 4078 would prohibit agencies from issuing the most costly and significant rules until the unemployment rate drops to 6 percent or less, impose transparency on the "sue and settle" process used by agencies and environmental groups to circumvent the rulemaking process, prohibit agencies from proposing or finalizing major midnight regulations in the lame-duck portion of a presidential administration, and streamline the federal permitting process. More

Regulatory Update: House committee issues report on aggressive regulations, including EPA Chemical Data Reporting Rule
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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has released a new report, "Continuing Oversight of Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation: Job Creators Still Buried by Red Tape," outlining the effects of burdensome regulations on job creation. The report finds that while some regulatory improvements have taken place, many other examples of job-destroying red tape have not been addressed. More

August is Advocacy Month!
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August is summer recess in Washington D.C. and members of Congress are going home. This means your elected officials will spend the month in and around your neighborhood. What a great opportunity to catch up with them and tell them about your company and NACD. Join other members of NACD by reaching out to your local representative or senator to better educate them on your business and our industry! More

Stay in front of regulatory issues at OPSEM2012
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Keep your team up to date on the latest regulatory initiatives facing our industry by registering for OPSEM2012, Aug. 21-24 at the JW Marriott, Indianapolis. Join our expert speakers on regulatory issues, including a general session on the regulatory outlook with our own Jennifer Gibson, VP of Regulatory Affairs, as well as an informative session from TH Lyda on how to best handle a regulatory inspection. The JW Marriott has extended the deadline of our reduced rate for OPSEM attendees.The new deadline is now Thursday, July 26; make your reservations now here. More


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House holding two hearings of interest this week
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The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing July 25 on "Understanding the Homeland Threat Landscape." Secretary Napolitano and the National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen are the only witnesses currently scheduled to testify. On July 26, the House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on the Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standards program. More

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EPA finalizes significant new use rule for phenol substance
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The Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing a significant new use rule under section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act for phenol, 2,4-dimethyl-6-(1-methylpentadecyl). Anyone intending to manufacture, import or process the substance in what is designated a significant new use will be required to notify the EPA at least 90 days before that activity begins. The substance is used in polymer manufacture. More

ECHA adds 13 chemicals to dangerous substance list
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The European Chemicals Agency has added 13 new substances to the candidate list for authorization of substances of very high concern. The list now consists of 84 substances and is expected to grow in the years to 2015 as the EHCA continues future consultations and discussion. More

Chemicals and plastics are the hottest industries in America's cities
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Research firm IHS Global Insight is out with a new report on the metropolitan economies in the U.S., and it notes that the chemicals industry has been a major source of growth in America. The report states, "The chemicals industry has emerged in this decade as a key driver of economic growth across a large number of metros. The industry already generates over $760 billion in U.S. sales, is one of our top exporting sectors at almost $200 billion annually, over 8 percent of all U.S. exports, and invests $50 billion per year in US research and development." More



Double-digit chemical, auto traffic gains push UP to record profit
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Double-digit increases in automotive and chemical shipments, along with lower fuel prices, drove Union Pacific to a record profit of $1 billion in the second quarter. Revenues in the chemical business increased 13 percent to $795 million. More

Survey: Driver shortage persists but wage increases are tepid
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Concerns that a shortage of qualified truck drivers would lead to a significant increase in driver wages and, by extension, a substantial rise in freight rates might be overblown. A second-quarter survey of carrier executives by Chattanooga, Tenn.-based consultancy Transport Capital Partners LLC found that while 93 percent of respondents expect driver wages to rise over the next 12 months, 71 percent expect the increases to be 5 percent or less. More


 

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