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Regulatory update: DOT publishes Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials Amendments final rule
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On July 20, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published a final rule in the Federal Register on HM-218F, Hazardous Materials; Miscellaneous Amendments. The final rule will take effect on August 19, and voluntary compliance is authorized immediately. More

Regulatory update: DOT requiring duplicate leakproofness testing on new IBC inner bottles
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NACD has learned that U.S. Department of Transportation enforcement personnel have advised facilities of their interpretation that the hazardous materials regulations require leakproofness tests on already-tested new intermediate bulk container inner bottles. It is common practice for shippers to replace the inner bottles of IBCs when they wear out and to continue to use the outer cages. More

Security resources: Chemical Security Summit presentations posted
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A summary of presentations from the 2011 Chemical Sector Security Summit are now posted on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's website. Key presentations include Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Compliance Lessons Learned, CFATS Inspections Process Lessons Learned, Voluntary Programs Resources, and Securing the Global Supply Chain. To access these materials, go to

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Legislative update: Bill introduced to restrict NLRB after Boeing business decision interference
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On July 19, Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., along with House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., and Reps. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., introduced the "Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act" to prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from telling a private company where it can or cannot place jobs. More

Legislative update: NACD signs letter in support of effort to curb EPA overreach
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NACD has joined 12 other trade associations in sending a letter to the House of Representatives in support of the fiscal year 2012 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. This bill, as passed by the House Appropriations Committee last week, includes funding reductions and other measures to restrict the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to enact regulations that would lead to further job losses and harm to the U.S. economy. More

Regulatory update: FMCSA updates CSA website
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In response to visitor feedback, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has recently made several changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability website. More

Regulatory compliance resources: PHMSA holding free 1-day hazardous materials training workshops
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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is holding a series of free one-day seminars on the Hazardous Materials Regulations. These workshops provide an overview of how to use the HMR and a summary of many of their requirements including training, packaging, hazard communications and security. Anyone who offers or transports hazardous materials in commerce or has a desire to learn more about the HMR is encouraged to attend. More

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NACD builds on a solid foundation
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Now in its 40th year, the National Association of Chemical Distributors is stronger than ever and enlisting new members, attracted by the organization's energetic representation, high standards and expanding service offerings. "We are looking to grow," says Chris Jahn, NACD president. NACD's membership, whittled away in recent years by industry consolidation, is on the rise again and at the highest level in a decade. Jahn credits the result to NACD's commitment to advocacy, Responsible Distribution and membership value. More

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Top 100 Chemical Distributors
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ICIS is offering its latest edition of the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors — a global listing of companies critical to the chemical supply chain. This is the second year of the rankings, and this time sales are broken down by geographic region. The tables rank leaders by geographic sales rather than by where companies are headquartered. The regions are: North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Middle East and Africa. More

Chemical distribution mergers and acquisitions move up a gear
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Mergers and acquisitions activity in chemical distribution is accelerating, as the sector recovers well from the downturn and players look to expand both geographically and in terms of filling in product gaps. More

Short lines increase ore, chemical loadings
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Short line railroads surveyed by RMI's RailConnect report had their strongest loadings of ore for all of 2011 in the week ending July 16, an indication of increased demand from factories and metal fabricators. They also see rising shipments this month of chemicals, the largest cargo group for small railroads. That can also be a sign that manufacturing demand is perking up, since chemicals are used in a wide of products, including plastics, pharmaceuticals and packaging of other goods. More

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