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Regulatory Resources — Registration Available for NACD Webinar on GHS Challenges
Please join NACD for the next regulatory webinar titled The Special Challenges of GHS Labeling in Chemical Distribution at noon Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Elizabeth Sinclair of Seagull Scientific will discuss the new labeling specifications and explore GHS labeling issues from the distributor's perspective. Click here to register.
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Regulatory Update — NACD Participates in CFATS Listening Session; Other Sessions Scheduled for Coming Weeks
Last week, NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson testified at the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) first listening session on the agency's Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. Ms. Gibson praised the agency for progress made in the past two years and highlighted some of the association's concerns regarding changes to the program.
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Regulatory Update — EPA Withdraws Significant New Use Rules
On Sept. 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew significant new use rules (SNURs) promulgated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). The chemicals include a catalyst component, a coating component, an intermediate for polyurethane polymers and three adhesives.
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Regulatory Update — EPA Issues Significant New Use Rules for 36 Chemical Substances
On Sept. 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the finalization of significant new use rules (SNURs) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 36 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). The 36 chemicals are used for many different applications, including adhesives, flame retardants, intermediates to make other chemicals, and as electrical and thermal conductivity additives. Seventeen of these chemical substances are subject to TSCA section 5(e) consent orders issued by EPA.
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Legislative Update — Small Business Administrator to Testify This Week
On Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m., the House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled "Small Business Administration: Management and Outlook." The hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building and will be Web-streamed live here. The purpose of the hearing is to examine the management and future plans of Administrator María Contreras-Sweet for the SBA.
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Regulatory Update — Comment Period Wraps Up on Canadian Hazardous Products Regulation Proposal
Last month, the Canadian government published in Gazette I (Vol. 148, no. 32) a proposal for adopting the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The public comment period closed yesterday, Sept. 8. The proposal seeks to align Canada's current systems for substance classification, material safety data sheets (MSDS), and labels with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communications 2012 Standard (HCS 2012) as well as the approaches used in other countries that have similar GHSs.
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9 Substances of Very High Concern Listed Under REACH, 10 Others Nominated
Bloomberg BNA
The European Commission has officially designated nine chemicals, including one used to make coated galvanized steel, as substances of very high concern - meaning their uses will have to be authorized.
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CVSA's Annual Brake Inspection Spree Happening Sept. 7-13
Commercial Carrier Journal
The annual Brake Safety Week inspection spree will take place Sept. 7-13. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says it expects more than 30,000 brake inspections to take place during the week, which would be a 50 percent increase from last year's roughly 20,000 inspections.
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West Virginia Legislative Interim Meetings Kick Off
The Associated Press via FindLaw
State lawmakers are back in Charleston, West Virginia, for another round of interim meetings. The week kicks off with a judiciary panel hearing about a rule dealing with inspections and registrations for aboveground storage tanks. The state Department of Environmental Protection has not released the rule yet. It's part of a new law aimed at safeguarding against chemical spills, like one in January that contaminated 300,000 people's drinking water for days.
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McCarthy Plans Fall Offensive on Federal Regs
The Hill
Newly minted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced plans for a full-scale September assault on federal regulations. McCarthy's floor agenda for the month is chock-full of measures designed to clamp down on what Republicans view as an era of overzealous regulation in Washington.
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FMCSA to Study Driver Pay, Safety Relationship
Transport Topics
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will study whether the method of paying truck drivers has any relationship to safety, the agency announced. "Should the study show that there is a relationship between the methods drivers are paid and the methods' effect on safe-driving performance, a potential benefit of the study will be to provide carrier companies with information that will help them make more informed decisions about safe operations," FMCSA said.
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Congress Probes EPA's Cozy Ties With Green Group
Investors Business Daily
Regulation: In recent years, the Environmental Protection Agency has acted less like a part of government and more like an out-of-control arm of the radical green movement. This is another flashing red light for our democracy.
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FHWA Report: Traffic Volume at Its Highest Since 2008
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More Americans are on the road than they have been the past six years. According to the Federal Highway Administration's latest data, miles traveled from July 2013 to June 2014 were at their highest point since 2008. Within that time frame, Americans logged in more than 2.97 trillion miles.
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Chemical Safety Board Chief Warns of Deadly Factory Explosions
The embattled chairman of the independent Chemical Safety Board took to the pages of the New York Times last week to step up pressure on federal workplace health regulators to issue a new rule on dangerous dust.
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CARB Slaps Carrier, LA County with Fines for Emissions Violations
Commercial Carrier Journal
California's Air Resources Board has levied two hefty fines recently for violations by truck operators to comply with its stringent emissions regulations, the regulator announced recently. The Los Angeles county Department of Public Works was slapped with a $256,375 fine, and Tennessee-based beverage distributor DBI Beverage was hit with a $116,400 fine, CARB announced.
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Sen. Davis and Fracking Panel Address Public Concerns at Forum
The Macon County News
Hordes of people shuffled into the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on a recent Tuesday night to hear from experts in the hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," industry. The forum, which was moderated by North Carolina Sen. Jim Davis, R-50th District, was intended to address shale energy rulemaking and exploration and development in North Carolina.
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