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Regulatory update: EPA publishes final Chemical Data Reporting rule
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On Aug. 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its Chemical Data Reporting final rule in the Federal Register. EPA had issued a pre-publication copy of the CDR (formerly known as IUR — Inventory Update Reporting) rule on Aug. 2. The final rule takes effect on Sept. 15, and the next reporting period will take place from Feb. 1 — June 30, 2012. All manufacturers, including importers, will be required to report if the manufacture/import volume of a chemical substance on the Toxic Substance Control Act Inventory meets or exceeds 25,000 pounds per site in 2011, the principle reporting year. More



Regulatory update: EPA begins Web dialogue on TSCA substance prioritization
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Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the beginning of a Web discussion on identifying priority chemicals for review and assessment under the Toxic Substances Control Act. This process includes a discussion forum on the EPA website, which began last week and will be open through 5 p.m. EDT on Sept. 14, and a webinar to take place on Sept. 7. EPA is seeking input on prioritization factors for chemicals and data sources for these prioritization factors. More

Regulatory update: DOT proposes to incorporate special permits into the regulations
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On Aug. 18, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to incorporate several DOT special permits pertaining to rail transportation into the Hazardous Materials Regulations. This is the latest in a series of widely used or longstanding special permits with established safety records that DOT is proposing for incorporation into the HMR. Comments are due on the proposal by Oct. 17. More

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Security resources: FBI to host Chemical Industry Outreach Day – Sept. 22
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On Thursday, Sept. 22, the FBI Washington Field Office and Headquarters Weapons of Mass Destruction Chemical Countermeasures unit will be hosting a WMD Chemical Industry Outreach Day. The time frame for the workshop is approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. NACD members are welcome and encouraged to participate. More




  General Business Interest


Small rails' traffic rises in latest week
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Short line railroads across North America saw shipments rise 3.8 percent in the second week of August from the first, another sign that basic freight demand continues to rise despite financial market worries. Some of the latest short line gains came in coal loadings, but the week-to-week increases were also widespread across a range of industrial cargoes including chemicals. Compared with last year, RMI-reporting lines are hauling 19 percent more intermodal loads in 2011, 31 percent more high-value vehicle shipments and 11 percent more chemicals — the largest short line cargo category and one used by a wide range of industries. More

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US research service publishes report on TSCA reform
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The U.S. Congressional Research Service has published a report comparing the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, introduced in April, with the Toxic Substances Control Act. The report concludes that the new provisions "would increase the amount of information about chemical toxicity and usage that chemical manufacturers and processors would be required to submit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and would facilitate EPA regulation of toxic chemicals." More



Canada adds chemicals to domestic substances list
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An order adding 22 substances to the Domestic Substances List under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, removing one substance and amending the significant new activities for two substances has been published by the Canadian Ministries of the Environment and Health in the Canada Gazette. More
 
 

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