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Regulatory Update: Regulatory Checklist and Resources for Chemical Distributors now available
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New resources available online: Regulatory Checklist and Resources for Chemical Distributors. This new tool for members, created by Jennifer Gibson, NACD Vice President of Government Affairs, includes a list of the major federal regulations applicable to chemical distributors and how to find out more about these requirements.

The document is intended to alert NACD member company leaders and regulatory personnel on key areas that are targets for inspections and enforcement actions. Depending on each company's products and operations, some of the requirements may not be applicable to all, or additional ones may apply.

Legislative Update: NACD asks Senate to develop new bipartisan TSCA bill, NGOs increase pressure for a vote
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Last week, NACD joined 68 other industry organizations in sending a letter to the United States Senate expressing support for science-based, bipartisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation and to make clear to Senators that S. 847, the Safe Chemicals Act, is not a bipartisan bill with industry support. The letter follows the breakdown in discussions to develop a bipartisan bill between S. 847 sponsor Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and a group of Republicans led by Louisiana's Sen. David Vitter and the July 25 Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's party line approval of the Safe Chemicals Act. More

Continuous GHS Labels On Demand
NeuraLabel Printer can be your solution for GHS and DOT compliant drum labels. You can properly label barrels and increase operational flexibility by printing both small and large jobs on continuous media. Labels range from 5” to 48”. You’ll have one-pass 4-color digital printing, full automation and solid reliability.

Regulatory Update: Senator asks Obama administration to issue TSCA chemicals of concern list
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Last week, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., sent a letter to the White House Office of Management of Budget (OMB) requesting the release of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule to add phthalates as chemicals of concern under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In May 2010, EPA sent the proposed rule to establish a chemicals of concern list as authorized under TSCA section 5(b)(4) to OMB. More

TrakLok to attend NACD:OPSEM Conference

TrakLok Corporation specializes in cargo security systems for the chemical, radiological/nuclear, and pharmaceutical industries. The TrakLok® system consists of a GeoLok® and TrakLog® web interface. MORE

Regulatory Update: TSA aligns security-sensitive hazardous materials list with DOT list
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Earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a revision to the agency's security action items (SAI) for the highway transportation of specific hazardous materials to align the security sensitive hazardous materials (SSHM) list with that in the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) HM-232F 2010 final rule. HM-232F narrowed the list of materials subject to DOT security plan requirements. More

Hurricane Update: Resources available from Department of Homeland Security
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With Hurricane Isaac preparing to hit the Northern Gulf Coast, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now has several resources available on its Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN-CS) website. The agency is posting all hurricane information and notifications to a special ISAAC tab at the top of the HSIN-CS home page. Included are situation reports, anticipated impact analysis products, geospatial products and other information. Additional chemical sector specific information as needed along with announcements on sector-specific teleconferences will be posted on HSIN-Chemical. More

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FMCSA adds HazMat BASIC, other changes to CSA program
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced several changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program, including going ahead with a new HazMat BASIC that has prompted a lot of criticism from the industry. The agency said the changes to CSA will let the agency more quickly identify and address high-risk truck and bus companies with compliance concerns by giving FMCSA more precise information when assessing a company's over-the-road safety performance. More

Proposed TSCA settlement would remove sources of short-chain chlorinated paraffins
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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a proposed settlement of a Toxic Substances Control Act case that would eliminate all major sources of U.S. production or importation of short-chain chlorinated paraffins, chemicals that are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic to aquatic life. The agreement with INEOS Chlor Americas Inc., filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, addresses the company's alleged importation of short-chained chlorinated paraffins into the United States. More

DOT creates Freight Policy Council
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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the launch of the Freight Policy Council, which will focus on improving the condition and performance of the national freight network to better ensure the ability of the United States to compete in today's global economy. More

Survey: Fleets see natural gas as fuel alternative, but with hesitation
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Slightly more than half — 51.4 percent — of the carriers surveyed in a recent study are considering natural gas-fueled trucks when new trucks are purchased, but these carriers do see hurdles. The survey was conducted by Transport Capital Partners and ACT Research to better understand how carriers view the potential of natural gas fuel for their fleets. More

Cargill, BASF, Novozymes target bio-based acrylic acid process
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Cargill, BASF and Novozymes have signed an agreement to develop technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable raw materials. Presently, acrylic acid is produced by the oxidation of propylene derived from the refining of crude oil. BASF, Cargill and industrial biotechnology company Novozymes will develop bio-based technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable feedstocks. More


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