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Regulatory update: PHMSA warns industry to adhere to Special Permit requirements
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On Aug. 30, the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published a Safety Notice in the Federal Register alerting the regulated community about the importance of adhering to federal requirements when offering and transporting hazardous materials in DOT Special Permit packages. PHMSA is concerned that many persons who offer or transport Special Permit packages fail to recognize the additional requirements applicable to filling, offering and moving SP packages. More

Regulatory update: PHMSA plans to terminate DOT Special Permit 13124
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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has sent a notice to grantees of DOT SP-13124 informing them of the agency's plan to terminate this Special Permit, which authorizes the transportation in commerce of certain ammonia solutions in UN31H1, UN31H2 orUN31HZ1 intermediate bulk containers. NACD formerly held this SP on behalf of the membership until PHMSA adopted a new policy in 2010 prohibiting trade associations from holding SPs on behalf of their members. More

Regulatory update: EPA issues correction notice to Chemical Data Reporting rule
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published in the Federal Register a correction notice to its Aug. 16 Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical Data Reporting final rule. This rule, formerly known as Inventory Update Reporting, requires companies who manufacture or import threshold quantities of substances on the TSCA inventory to report production volumes and process and use information to EPA. More

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Regulatory compliance resources: Bergeson & Campbell to hold webinar on Chemical Data Reporting rule
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NACD Environmental Regulatory Partner Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. will host a complimentary webinar on the final Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical Data Reporting rule on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m EDT. This webinar will provide an overview of the new rule, highlight some of the rule's more nuanced provisions, and offer some guidance on how best to respond to it. More

Regulatory update: "Stunningly unfair" decisions by NLRB support organized labor; Obama names new NLRB chairman
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The National Labor Relations Board issued two recent decisions that have significant ramifications supporting organized labor at the expense of employers and employees. It is thought by some that these decisions were pushed through the NLRB to coincide with the departure of Ms. Wilma Liebman, outgoing NLRB chair whose term expired on Aug. 27. President Obama has named Mark Gaston Pearce to her seat. Pearce is an attorney who formerly represented unions and was given a recess appointment to the NLRB in 2010. More

Regulatory update: EPA withdraws ozone rule, provides list of costly proposed regulations
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On Friday, Sept. 2, President Obama announced the withdrawal of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards rule. This rule would have would have required states and localities to reduce air pollution in their communities or face federal penalties. While chemical distributors would not have been directly impacted by this rule, the indirect impacts would have been substantial for the industry and the entire economy. More

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Chemical purchasing managers deal with low inventories, high volatility
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The financial and economic crisis of 2008-2009 has made a lasting imprint on the purchasing landscape. The sudden demand collapse left suppliers holding large blocks of high-priced inventories — inventories they are unlikely to hold today. This presents a huge challenge for chemical purchasing executives to ensure reliability of supply. Commodity price volatility and a shrinking supplier base present additional challenges. More

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Making segmentation a business reality for chemical companies
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Profitability of chemical companies may be largely dependent on how they manage the upstream dynamics of feedstock markets, but the chemical industry is learning how to improve margins through better customer segmentation in the downstream market too. But, research and experience show that these efforts do not go far enough, and they may be leading some companies to spend more than they should on serving customers. More

What to look for when setting up operations in a chemical park
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Setting up operations within a chemical park, as many companies are doing, is a little like a mating ritual. Both landlord and tenant are looking for special attributes if they are to take the relationship further. More

Small railroads' traffic strengthens
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Short line and regional railroads saw total shipments rise 3.4 percent in the final week of August, with gains across various cargoes linked to industrial demand. The short lines, like the larger railroads, saw stronger loadings of semi-finished metals and products in the Aug. 27 week. The small railroads also had their strongest carloadings for the month in chemicals, paper products, coal and a grouping of stone, clay and aggregate as basic construction materials. More

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