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Top News
  • EPA Takes Enforcement Actions on TSCA Violations
  • EPA Proposes Changes to the RMP Program
  • Still Time to Provide Input on Impact of OSHA PSM Memo on Your Operations
  • Upcoming Regulatory Webinars with the EPA


  • Regulatory Updates
  • Rules on Preventive Controls and Upcoming Webinars
  • DOT Finalizes Rule Establishing Standard Procedures for Special Permits
  • EPA Proposal to "Improve" Hazardous Waste Generator Rules Is a Mixed Bag, with Many Parts Likely to Have the Opposite Effect
  • New Chair of Troubled Chemical Safety Board Begins Listening Tour
  • New NLRB Joint Employers Test — Why It Matters For OSHA


  • Legislative News
  • US Railroads Warn of Severe Service Disruptions
  • Chemical Reps Voice Concerns over New Federal Regulations
  • Udall: The Time for TSCA Reform Is Now
  • Congress Could Take Action on CSA Scores, Hours of Service, Driver Drug Testing and More in Fall Session
  • Deadline Slips for Highway Deal





  • TOP NEWS


    EPA Takes Enforcement Actions on TSCA Violations
    NACD has learned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has initiated enforcement actions against several member companies for alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Please let NACD know if EPA has contacted your company regarding potential TSCA violation, and be sure to take advantage of NACD’s regulatory resources if you have questions about TSCA’s requirements.
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    EPA Proposes Changes to the RMP Program
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed changes to its Risk Management Plan (RMP) regulations will impact chemical distributors. NACD and several members have been selected to serve on EPA’s small business review panel to comment on proposed changes to the RMP rule. If you are interested in providing information on how these changes will impact your company, please consider joining NACD’s Regulatory Affairs Facility Process Safety Subcommittee.
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    Still Time to Provide Input on Impact of OSHA PSM Memo on Your Operations
    There is still time for you to help NACD challenge the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) June memorandum that could subject your company to the rigorous Process Safety Management (PSM) standard.
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    Upcoming Regulatory Webinars with the EPA
    NACD has confirmed two upcoming regulatory webinars to assist members with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory requirements. Mark your calendar for 2016 Chemical Data Reporting under TSCA – What You Need to Know on Oct. 1 and EPA ChemView – How to Obtain Information on Chemicals Regulated under TSCA on Oct. 8. Both webinars will take place at Noon EDT.
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    REGULATORY ALERTS


    Rules on Preventive Controls and Upcoming Webinars
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) has finalized its Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules on Preventive Controls for Human Food and Preventive Controls for Animal Food. These rules establish new safety requirements for facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food and/or animal food. Compliance dates for some businesses begin in September 2016.
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    DOT Finalizes Rule Establishing Standard Procedures for Special Permits
    Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule in the Federal Register to establish standard operating procedures (SOPs) and criteria used to evaluate applications for special permits and approvals.
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    EPA Proposal to "Improve" Hazardous Waste Generator Rules Is a Mixed Bag, with Many Parts Likely to Have the Opposite Effect
    Beverage & Diamond PC via The National Law Review
    On August 31, 2015, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed a proposed rule designed to "improve" the long-standing requirements for generators of hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, by addressing purported "gaps" in the regulations, providing additional flexibility, clarifying the rules, and making them more user-friendly. While some of the proposed changes may, in fact, have the desired effects, others appear to introduce more confusion and/or impose substantial new burdens for little or no environmental benefit. If finalized, the proposed amendments could significantly affect tens of thousands of hazardous waste generators across virtually all U.S. industrial sectors.
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    New Chair of Troubled Chemical Safety Board Begins Listening Tour
    Government Executive
    Two weeks into what some see as a rescue mission as chairman of the troubled Chemical Safety Board, Vanessa Sutherland had launched a listening tour with colleagues and outside stakeholders while bringing more key employees under her direct supervision. "I’m a public citizen and taxpayer, too, so I‘ve read all the articles," she told reporters recently, alluding to the negative coverage about a toxic work culture, departure of staff and use of private email for official business.
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    New NLRB Joint Employers Test — Why It Matters For OSHA
    Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. via The National Law Review
    The National Labor Relations Board recently issued its decision in Browning Ferris Industries adopting new standards for determining when a company will be held to be the joint employer of another company’s employees, whether they are leased, temporaries or providing services under their primary employer’s contracts with customers.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    US Railroads Warn of Severe Service Disruptions
    Argus Media
    Three of the largest railroads serving North America warned Congress they might be forced to halt or substantially curtail freight and passenger traffic if the December 31 deadline to implement positive train control (PTC) is not extended.
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    Chemical Reps Voice Concerns over New Federal Regulations
    The Effingham Daily News
    Representatives of the chemical and fertilizer industry told Congressman John Shimkus that the federal government's mandates to meet massive requirements in less than six months time, simply isn't realistic. "We are not here to complain about maintaining a safe workplace and a safe community," said Jamie Southard with Effingham Equity. "We all live and work here. We want to comply."
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    Udall: The Time for TSCA Reform Is Now
    Sen. Tom Udall
    The Senate should quickly take up a bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to protect American families, writes Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. The bipartisan TSCA bill is backed by 52 senators and passed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee with a 15-5 vote. "The Obama administration's lead expert on chemical safety said that our bill meets all six of the principles laid out by the president for TSCA reform," Udall writes.
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    Congress Could Take Action on CSA Scores, Hours of Service, Driver Drug Testing and More in Fall Session
    Overdrive
    Both chambers of Congress resumed work coming off of lawmakers’ annual August recess, and both have several major trucking regulatory reforms included in legislation that likely will see action before year’s end.
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    Deadline Slips for Highway Deal
    The Hill
    Key lawmakers insist that a later deadline for highway funding won't sap any of their urgency as they seek to link an infrastructure deal with international tax reform. The Transportation Department said this week that highway funding could last well into 2016, potentially giving Congress an extra half of a year to strike the long-term infrastructure deal that has long eluded Washington.
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