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Regulatory Resources: Updated REACH paper available to NACD members
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A new Statement on the Role of U.S. Chemical Distributors in the European Union REACH Regulation is now available for NACD members. This paper is an update to the original NACD REACH statement released in 2008. NACD created the statement to clarify the role of U.S. chemical distributors, if any, under the EU's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals regulation, including the limitations of their involvement in the program. More

Regulatory Resources: Mark your calendar for Nov. 1 NACD webinar on export control regulations
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On Thursday, Nov. 1, at 12 p.m. noon Eastern time, NACD will host a webinar, Export Control Issues for Chemical Distributors — An Export Compliance Overview for NACD Members. With exports becoming an increasingly vital part of business for many chemical distributors, it is critical for companies to be aware of the various regulatory requirements for chemical exports.

To ensure that you are familiar with the export control regulations and to help you avoid costly penalties, NACD is pleased to offering this Webinar on this important topic. Register online today.

Regulatory Update: NACD monitors NLRB litigation
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The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which NACD is a part, continues to challenge actions and decisions made by the National Labor Relations Board. Recent activity includes action on:
  • Notice Posting Rule: On Sept. 11, the CDW presented oral arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. A court decision on the Notice Postings Rule, which requires that employers post notices in the workplace detailing rights to form unions, is expected in mid- to late November. While the appeal remains pending, the circuit court has granted an injunction of the rule.
  • "Ambush" Elections Rule: On Aug. 7, the NLRB appealed a DC federal district court decision to strike down the "Ambush" Election rule, which is essentially a regulatory version of failed union "card check" legislation. The district court agreed with the CDW that the rule was invalid because one of the NLRB members did not participate in the vote and under Supreme Court precedent, three members of the NLRB must issue decisions. The Board issued the rule with a vote by only two members at the time. CDW argues the "Ambush" Election rule diminishes due process and legal rights of non-unionized employers to challenge a union's petition for voting.
  • Challenge to Unlawful Recess Appointments: CDW filed a brief Sept. 19 in Noel Canning v. NLRB, a case of great interest for NACD pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit because the case challenges the administration's appointments to the NLRB, which were made in January of this year while Congress was not in session, circumventing the Senate confirmation process. MORE

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Legislative Update: Bill aims to reform EPA scientific advisory process
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Last week, House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Ralph Hall, R-Texas, and committee members Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., Andy Harris, R-Md., and Dan Benishek, R-Mich., introduced legislation to reform the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board and its sub-panels.

The new bill, H.R. 6564, seeks to address flaws in the current advisory process including conflicts of interest and lack of private sector expertise.

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    Regulation and legislation: Truckers get the message
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    Trucks carried 67 percent of the freight tonnage moved in the United States in 2011, according to the American Trucking Associations. With industry relying this heavily on motor carrier transport, changes in the trucking industry can have major ramifications for shippers. One motor carrier concern shippers need to note is truck-related regulation and legislation. Many of those government policies could influence how shippers and their motor carriers do business together. More

    FMCSA: Hours of service rule 'reasonable'
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    Provisions of the federal hours-of-service rule for truck drivers are "reasonable" and have been "adequately explained" by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the agency said in a court filing. More

    Keeping cargo where it belongs
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    Anyone who has seen van trailers with sides bulging outward or dented from inside knows that at least some of that is caused by shifting cargo. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spells out cargo securement requirements in some detail in its Part 393 regulations, and drivers and companies can be penalized under the CSA program for failing to do it properly. Yet the inside of vans are often unseen by inspectors, so the rules go unenforced. However, there are good reasons to properly secure those loads. More

    FBI raises specter of ag terrorism
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    The FBI has warned that terrorists consider America's agriculture and food production tempting targets. According to the FBI Bulletin magazine, terrorists have noticed the U.S. food supply is among the most vulnerable and least protected of all potential targets of attack. "Every level of the food chain, including farms, feedlots, chemical storage facilities, meatpacking plants and distribution operations, remains vulnerable to agroterrorism," the article states. More

    Chemical Day heralds industry return
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    The chemical industry in Western Pennsylvania is back from a near-death experience with exciting times brought by the shale gas boom, businessmen said. Major companies are benefiting from a cheap supply of raw materials, while small companies have been able to provide chemicals to the drilling industry and are hoping to work with the expanding major companies. "It's actually a new chemical industry that's being created — in addition to what we already had," said Donald Hart, a chemical distribution company salesman who organized speakers at Pittsburgh Chemical Day, Downtown. More

    Bomb chemicals face EU regulation
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    A row has been simmering in the European Union over whether retailers or manufacturers should take responsibility for ensuring chemical products sold to the public — including cosmetics, garden fertilizers and swimming pool cleaners — are not used in homemade explosives. At its heart is a draft regulation that would make retailers responsible for restricting sales of certain chemical products and monitoring sales of others. More


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