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Regulatory Resources — Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow's NACD Webinar on GHS Challenges
Please join NACD for the next Regulatory Webinar at 12 Noon Eastern Daylight Time tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 17 – The Special Challenges of GHS Labeling in Chemical Distribution. GHS labeling presents a complex set of considerations to chemical distribution. Elizabeth Sinclair of Seagull Scientific will provide a brief review of the new labeling specifications as well as an exploration of GHS labeling issues from the distributor's perspective. Click here to register.
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Legislative Update — NACD Pushes to Reduce Freight Rail Delays and Increase Rail Competition
NACD signed onto a letter last week urging the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to pass S. 2777, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2014. S. 2777 provides simple improvements to the STB allowing the agency to investigate complaints and adjudicate rail rate disputes more efficiently and equitably. To urge your lawmakers to support S.2777, click here!
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Legislative Update — NACD Signs Letter in Support of Cyber Information Sharing Legislation
NACD signed onto a Chamber of Commerce Backgrounder last week in support of S. 2588, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA). This bipartisan bill sponsored by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) creates a voluntary program designed to improve information-sharing between the U.S. government and businesses to better protect against cyber-attacks.
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State Update — NACD Member Companies Highlight Chemical Safety at West Virginia Workshop
Members of NACD recently joined together with chemical industry colleagues, state agency representatives and community leaders at a workshop focused on enhancing chemical safety and security. The workshop was co-hosted with the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA), the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and included a special training session run by the American Institute for Chemical Engineers' Center for Chemical Process Safety.
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Regulatory Expertise Needed — Join a Regulatory Subcommittee to Provide Input on Proposals that Impact the Chemical Distribution Industry
The NACD Regulatory Affairs Committee is looking for experts from NACD members and affiliates to provide real-world perspectives on regulatory actions through one of four Regulatory Subcommittees that will address issues such as chemical product safety, facility/process safety, transportation, and security. For more information, contact Theresa Forbes at tforbes@nacd.com.
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Regulatory Update — European ePIC Reporting Tool Introduced for Hazardous Chemical Export Notifications
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a new IT-tool called ePIC, which companies must now use to file mandatory import and export notifications. Companies that trade in hazardous chemicals covered by the European Union's Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Regulation ((EU) No 649/2012) must switch to ePIC.
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Security Resources — DHS issues Private Sector Advisory on Explosive Precursors
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has shared an advisory with the private sector on how you can prevent the acquisition of explosive precursors and report suspicious behavior. DHS asks the private sector to read the advisory and understand how it applies to business or activity, to learn local reporting options, and most importantly, to remain alert for potential threats.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Former Administrator Predicts Temporary Rulemaking Slowdown
TruckingInfo
The recent departure of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro will slow down the pace of new regulations coming out of the agency, and if a successor is proposed soon it could slow things even more, predicted Annette Sandberg, a former agency administrator herself and now owner of TransSafe Consulting.
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OSHA Revises Workplace Injury and Illness Record-keeping and Reporting Requirements
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
On Sept. 11, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced updated occupational injury and illness reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
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House Short-Term Appropriations Bill Lacks 34-Hour Restart Provision
TruckingInfo
The House is working on a temporary appropriations measure that does not include a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule. The Continuing Resolution is a relatively "clean" bill that leaves out such initiatives as American Trucking Associations' attempt to suspend the restart.
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FMCSA Extends New Entrant Audit Test
Fleet Owner
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended through the end of this year an operational test of using documentation rather than on-site visits to conduct new entrant safety audits.
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PHMSA Proposes Rules Meant to Make Business Easier for Retailers and Transporters and Finalizes a Regulation that Could Shut Down Small Businesses
JD Supra
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently published two proposed regulations that may positively affect retailers and transporters, if implemented as proposed. In addition, PHMSA finalized a rule giving it the power to shut down businesses that miss payments on civil penalties.
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Hazardous Materials: Special Permit and Approvals Standard Operating Procedures and Evaluation Process
Federal Register
PHMSA is correcting language it issued in a notice of proposed rulemaking under this Docket on Aug. 12, 2014, that proposes to include the standard operating procedures and criteria used to evaluate applications for special permits and approvals under the Hazardous Materials Regulations.
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FMCSA Revises Information Collection for Hours of Service Regulations
Federal Register
FMCSA requests approval to revise and extend an ICR entitled, "Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers Regulations." The HOS rules require most commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to maintain on the CMV a record of duty status (RODS) current to the last change in duty status. The RODS is critical to FMCSA's safety mission because it helps roadside enforcement officials determine if CMV drivers are complying with the HOS rules limiting driver on-duty and driving time and requiring periodic off-duty time. The information helps FMCSA protect the public by reducing the number of tired CMV drivers on the highways.
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DTSC to Develop Priority Product Work Plan
California Department of Toxic Substances Control
DTSC is developing a Priority Product Work Plan (Work Plan) that identifies product categories from which Priority Products will be selected. The three-year Work Plan outlines some of the considerations behind the agency's product category selections. DTSC will finalize this Work Plan upon consideration of public comments received during the comment period. Once finalized, we will use research and stakeholder input to identify specific product-chemical combinations that warrant consideration as potential Priority Products.
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Taylor: Reproposed FSMA Rules Are 'Close'
Food Safety News
FDA deputy commissioner Michael Taylor told an audience Wednesday not to expect comment period extensions for the reproposed rules regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act, which he says are "very close" to being released.
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Transition Period for Two US Labels Coming to an End
ICC Compliance Center
On July 20, 2011, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published Final Rule HM-218F, bringing changes to the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). Most of the amendments that were adopted in the final rule were intended to eliminate, revise, clarify or relax regulatory requirements. Two hazard class labels were revised in the final rule and were given a transition period for compliance until Oct. 1.
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