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Top News
  • NACD Congressional Site Visit Program in Full Swing
  • Friday Deadline — Let NACD Know How OSHA’s New PSM Chemical Concentrations Policy Will Impact Your Company
  • NACD ChemEdge Regulatory Presentations Now Available


  • Regulatory Updates
  • FMCSA Grants Hours of Service Exemption for Security Sensitive Hazardous Materials
  • SBA Office of Advocacy Recommends EPA Address Small Businesses Concerns in Proposed Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for TSCA
  • Are We There Yet? Confusion and Questions around the GHS Transition
  • Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. — Recent Federal Developments — August Update
  • Interactive OSHA Webpage Offers Details on Large Fines
  • OSHA Updates Amputation Emphasis Program
  • EPA to Hold Webinar Series on TSCA Electronic Reporting Requirements
  • States Ask Federal Court to Block EPA Clean Power Plant Rule
  • Tianjin Blast Puts Spotlight on Chemical Industry
  • Last Official Charged in Chemical Spill Pleads Guilty
  • EPA Funds Research on Environmental Impact of Manufactured Chemicals


  • Legislative News
  • Crowded Senate Floor Complicates Fall TSCA Vote





  • TOP NEWS


    NACD Congressional Site Visit Program in Full Swing
    NACD
    With the August Congressional recess well underway, the NACD site visit program is reaching peak levels. This program helps NACD member companies invite their Representatives and Senators to their facilities for tours to learn more about the chemical distribution industry and discuss issues important to their business operations, like TSCA reform, burdensome regulations, and general business concerns.
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    Friday Deadline — Let NACD Know How OSHA's New PSM Chemical Concentrations Policy Will Impact Your Company
    The American Chemistry Council has filed suit against the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and NACD is joining this legal challenge. To help us make an effective case against OSHA’s action before the U.S. Court of Appeals and on Capitol Hill, please complete this brief survey on how the new PSM policy will impact your operations no later than COB on Friday, August 28.
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    SPONSORED CONTENT


    NACD ChemEdge Regulatory Presentations Now Available
    NACD
    Earlier this month, nearly 400 NACD members and Affiliates gathered at ChemEdge 2015 in St. Louis. The sessions were packed and early feedback from attendees was very enthusiastic. The speaker presentations are now posted on the ChemEdge page on the NACD website. Among these are several regulatory presentations, including Compliance 101, Legislative and Regulatory Update, GHS: What’s On Your Label?, and TSCA 2016: General Update and Reporting Requirements. Please note you will need your username and password to access the files.
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    REGULATORY ALERTS


    FMCSA Grants Hours of Service Exemption for Security Sensitive Hazardous Materials
    On August 21, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice in the Federal Register to grant motor carriers transporting security-sensitive hazardous materials requiring a security plan an exemption from federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that prohibit commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers from driving if more than eight consecutive hours have passed since their last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of 30 minutes or more.
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    SBA Office of Advocacy Recommends EPA Address Small Businesses Concerns in Proposed Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for TSCA
    On August 3, the Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) filed a comment letter with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its proposed rule titled, "TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Chemical Substances When Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials." A complete copy of Advocacy’s letter to EPA may be accessed here.
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    Are We There Yet? Confusion and Questions around the GHS Transition
    Chem.Info
    We are now more than halfway through OSHA’s alignment of the HazCom standard with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).Yet, with two deadlines down and two more to go, many chemical manufacturers, distributors and employers still have questions about how the transition to GHS is being carried out. If you should hear from OSHA regarding GHS compliance, be sure to contact NACD’s GHS experts Jennifer Gibson and Theresa Forbes.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
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    Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. — Recent Federal Developments — August Update
    Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
    On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 5 electronic reporting regulations. 80 Fed. Reg. 42739. The electronic reporting regulations establish standards and requirements for use of EPA's Central Data Exchange (CDX) to submit electronically premanufacture notices (PMN), other TSCA Section 5 notices, and support documents to EPA.
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    Interactive OSHA Webpage Offers Details on Large Fines
    Safety+Health
    A new webpage from OSHA highlights recent fines levied against employers for safety and health violations. Announced Aug. 17, the webpage features an interactive map with a listing of every penalty greater than $40,000 that federal OSHA issued in each state since Jan. 1.
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      PRODUCT SHOWCASES
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    OSHA Updates Amputation Emphasis Program
    Safety.BLR.com
    OSHA recently issued an updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Amputations, replacing the program in place since 2006. The agency says the updated NEP uses current enforcement and injury data to assist with site targeting. Will your facility be among those inspected? Keep reading to learn if you’re at risk.
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    EPA to Hold Webinar Series on TSCA Electronic Reporting Requirements
    EPA
    EPA has developed a fully electronic, web-based (Thin Client) submission system for TSCA Section 5 submissions which will replace the ePMN reporting (Thick Client) software currently required to be used to submit certain TSCA Section 5 notifications and support documents to EPA. EPA will provide three (3) outreach sessions listed below to walk submitters through the various modules of the new system. Attendees must use an operator-assisted conference for these sessions. EPA recommends dialing in at least 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the web demonstration. Please note: Prior to logging into a session, ensure your web browser is configured to allow pop-ups and enable Adobe Flash so you will be able to view the session. If you have any questions about your browser configuration, please contact your help desk.
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    States Ask Federal Court to Block EPA Clean Power Plant Rule
    The Hill
    Fifteen conservative states asked a federal court on Thursday to push back the Obama administration’s climate rule for power plants while they sue the government to get the regulations overturned. The states, led by West Virginia, say that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ought to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enforcing its carbon limits in order to protect states from spending to comply with a rule that could be invalidated in court.
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    Tianjin Blast Puts Spotlight on Chemical Industry
    Voice of America
    China’s state media are carrying confessions from the owners of the company at the center of last week's deadly blasts in Tianjin and apologies from local officials in the northern port city. Tianjin’s mayor has apologized and said he bears responsibility as the city’s top official for what happened. Two of the top shareholders of the company that runs the warehouses where chemicals exploded, Yu Xuewei and Dong Shexuan, who is the son of a late Tianjin port police chief, confessed in an interview with the Xinhua news agency that they used their guanxi, or connections, to obtain fire safety, land, environmental and safety certifications.
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    Last Official Charged in Chemical Spill Pleads Guilty
    The Associated Press via The Baltimore Sun
    The executive who appeared unsympathetic when he spoke to the public after a chemical spill sullied tap water for 300,000 people pleaded guilty Wednesday to pollution charges and could face up to three years in prison. Freedom Industries President Gary Southern, who told reporters a day after the January 2014 spill that he had had a "long day" and tried to leave a news conference multiple times, is the last of six company officials to plead guilty in the spill.
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    EPA Funds Research on Environmental Impact of Manufactured Chemicals
    Chem.Info
    Six universities will receive nearly $4 million in federal grant funding to study various environmental impacts of manufactured chemicals. The Science to Achieve Results grants are part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chemical Safety for Sustainability program.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    Crowded Senate Floor Complicates Fall TSCA Vote
    Bloomberg BNA
    The Senate's departure for August recess left an imposing stack of must-address legislation to be handled in September, adding a wrinkle to what could be the best chance for revamping the U.S. chemical law in decades.
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