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  • NACD Member TLC Ingredients, Inc. Welcomes Rep. Hultgren to Facility
  • New NACD Compliance Resource — Summary of OSHA HazCom 2012 Enforcement Directive
  • OSHA Takes Hard Line on New PSM Chemical Concentrations Policy
  • NACD Signs Letter to President on Ozone Standard


  • Regulatory Alerts
  • EPA Issues Direct Final Rule To Mandate Updated Electronic Reporting
  • FMCSA Advances E-Log Mandate, Rule Sent To OMB For Approval
  • GAO: Thousands Of Chemical Facilities Incorrectly Reported Data About Toxic Release Threats
  • OSHA Enforcement Directive on HazCom Compliance a Mixed Blessing
  • OSHA Seeks To Clarify Employers' Recordkeeping Obligations
  • US Regulator Says DuPont's Safety Program 'Failed'
  • Obama Doubles Down on Climate Rule


  • Legislative News
  • Senate Panel Clears Two for Troubled Chemical Safety Board
  • Obama Criticizes Congress When Signing 3-month Transportation Bill
  • It's Crunch Time for the Senate's Cybersecurity Bill





  • TOP NEWS


    NACD Member TLC Ingredients, Inc. Welcomes Rep. Hultgren to Facility
    Today, TLC Ingredients, Inc. gave Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) a tour of their facility to show him the value and safety of chemical distribution companies that participate in programs like NACD Responsible Distribution®, the National Association of Chemical Distributors' mandatory third-party-verification environmental, health, safety, and security program. TLC Ingredients is a member in good standing of the association.
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    New NACD Compliance Resource — Summary of OSHA HazCom 2012 Enforcement Directive
    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published its official guidance to agency compliance officers for enforcing the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012). The directive, CPL 02-02-079, establishes policies and procedures designed to ensure uniform enforcement of HCS 2012 across the nation.
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    OSHA Takes Hard Line on New PSM Chemical Concentrations Policy
    Last week, NACD staff met with U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials regarding the June memorandum revising the agency's enforcement policy on the concentration of a chemical that must be present in a process for the purpose of determining whether the chemical is at or above the threshold quantity listed in Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (PSM) standard Appendix A.
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    NACD Signs Letter to President on Ozone Standard
    Last week, NACD joined more than 260 organizations led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, and National Association of Manufacturers in sending a letter to the White House and entire Congress in support of maintaining the existing ground-level ozone standard.
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    REGULATORY ALERTS


    EPA Issues Direct Final Rule To Mandate Updated Electronic Reporting
    Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. via JD Supra
    The July 20, 2015, Federal Register includes a notice for direct final action to amend the electronic reporting regulations for Section 5 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action goes into effect on January 19, 2016, unless adverse comments are received by August 19, 2015. The rule requires the use of new electronic premanufacture notice (e-PMN) software that is reportedly easier to use. The rule also adds the requirement that "bona fide intents to manufacture" submissions be made electronically, and changes the procedure for notifying EPA of any new manufacturing site of a chemical substance for which an exemption was granted by EPA. This action is intended to further streamline and reduce the administrative costs and burdens of TSCA Section 5 notifications for both industry and EPA.
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    FMCSA Advances E-Log Mandate, Rule Sent To OMB For Approval
    Overdrive
    Still seemingly on target for its projected Sept. 30 publication, a Final Rule to mandate the use of electronic logging devices has been sent from the DOT to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for final approval before being published. The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sent the e-log rule to the OMB July 30, along with a Final Rule that will implement stiffer penalties for carriers, shippers, brokers and others who coerce or pressure drivers to not abide by federal safety standards like hours-of-service limits.
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    GAO: Thousands Of Chemical Facilities Incorrectly Reported Data About Toxic Release Threats
    Manufacturing.Net
    A recently released report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office said that federal authorities should take steps to verify information reported by chemical facilities and improve compliance with safety standards. The GAO report analyzed the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program, which was enacted in 2007 in response to potential terrorist threats against the nation's chemical plants. The Department of Homeland Security's Infrastructure Security Compliance Division collected data on some 37,000 facilities and identified 2,900 that present a high risk for a release of toxic chemicals.
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    OSHA Enforcement Directive on HazCom Compliance a Mixed Blessing
    Jackson Lewis P.C. via The National Law Review
    A new directive from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on enforcing the agency’s HazCom standard describes requirements that appear to impose new, unforeseen paperwork and compliance burdens on employers even while providing useful clarifications on some issues for employers and enforcement personnel. The "Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012)" was released July 20, 2015, and explains how the standard is to be enforced during the current transition period and after the standard is fully implemented. OSHA’s HazCom rule was amended in 2012 to align U.S. HazCom mandates with a globally harmonized system of classifying and labeling hazardous chemicals.
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    OSHA Seeks To Clarify Employers' Recordkeeping Obligations
    Construction & Demolition Recycling
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that clarifies an employer’s continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness throughout the five-year period during which the employer is required to keep the records. "Accurate records are not simply paperwork but have an important, in fact, life-saving purpose," says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.
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    US Regulator Says DuPont's Safety Program 'Failed'
    ChemistryWorld
    The U.S. government agency that regulates workplace safety is proposing to fine DuPont for the second time in a matter of weeks, because of lapses in its worker safety practices. The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has conducted a second inspection following a November 2014 methyl mercaptan leak at DuPont’s chemical manufacturing plant in La Porte, Texas, which killed four workers and hospitalized another.
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    Obama Doubles Down on Climate Rule
    The Hill
    The Obama administration recently unveiled a tougher climate change rule for power plants, demanding that generators cut their carbon dioxide output 32 percent in the first limits on the pollutant. The historic regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency is the main pillar of President Barack Obama's climate agenda. It is the biggest piece of his drive to create a legacy and go down in history as the first United States president to take comprehensive action against climate change by cutting emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    Senate Panel Clears Two for Troubled Chemical Safety Board
    Government Executive
    A Senate panel on recently approved two nominees, including a chairman, for the troubled Chemical Safety Board, whose five-member complement has been operating with just two. The Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved Vanessa Sutherland, President Obama’s nomination as chairman, and board member designee Kristen Kulinowski.
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    Obama Criticizes Congress When Signing 3-month Transportation Bill
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama on Friday signed a three-month stopgap bill preventing federal highway funding from drying up but blasted lawmakers for failing to agree on a long-term measure.
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    It's Crunch Time for the Senate's Cybersecurity Bill
    Nextgov
    With the Senate clocking out for the summer at the end of the week, there is precious little time to get skeptical senators on board for a major overhaul of the nation's cybersecurity laws — the final item on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's pre-recess checklist.
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