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Top News
  • NACD Urges Senate to Pass TSCA Reform
  • Registration Open for October 29 Chemical Executive Order Update Webinar
  • Last Chance to Register for Thursday Webinar with EPA on ChemView, TSCA Chemical Data Reporting


  • Regulatory Updates
  • EPA Issues SNURS for 30 Chemical Substances
  • OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for FY 2015
  • Roadcheck Uncovers Fewer Out-of-Service Violations
  • Hours Exemptions 'Running Rampant,' Says TCA's Heller, Who Says FMCSA Still Working on 34-Hour Restart Study
  • Chemical Safety Board Releases Findings on 2014 DuPont Incident Where Four Workers Died
  • Safety Data Sheets: Your Responsibilities
  • Survey Reveals Only 45% of Companies Met Recent GHS Compliance Deadline
  • Regulatory Preferred Provider Content – Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. – CA Issues Guidance to Companies on How to Prepare Alternatives Analysis Under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations


  • Legislative News
  • Toxic Substances Bill Filibuster-Proof … When It Can Get to the Floor
  • House Moves to Delay Deadline for Automating the Nation's Railways
  • Rail Shutdown Would Cost $30 Billion, Study Finds
  • Lankford, Senators Challenge Department of Labor Regulatory Actions
  • Negotiators Reach Pacific Trade Deal in Major Obama Victory





  • TOP NEWS


    NACD Urges Senate to Pass TSCA Reform
    NACD
    On Oct. 5, National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) President Eric R. Byer called on the U.S. Senate to pass S.697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to modernize the nearly 40-year-old federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
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    Registration Open for October 29 Chemical Executive Order Update Webinar
    Please join NACD on Thursday, Oct. 29, at noon EDT for a webinar during which Jennifer Gibson, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, will discuss developments on the chemical Executive Order and their impact on NACD members. Highlights include OSHA’s recent actions to expand the scope of its Process Safety Management regulation through a series of enforcement memorandums and EPA’s potential changes to the Risk Management Program regulations. Register today.
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    Last Chance to Register for Thursday Webinar with EPA on ChemView, TSCA Chemical Data Reporting
    There is still time to register for this Thursday’s webinar with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — EPA ChemView — How to Obtain Information on Chemicals Regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act. During this webinar, Doug Parsons, Special Assistant, EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, will provide an overview of ChemView, a publicly accessible Web tool to find and use chemical hazard and use information developed under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The webinar will take place at noon EST.
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    REGULATORY UPDATES


    EPA Issues SNURS for 30 Chemical Substances
    EPA
    On Friday, Oct. 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register subjecting 30 chemicals to Toxic Substances Control Act Significant New Use Rules (SNURs). The rule will take effect on Dec. 2, 2015, except for any substances on which EPA receives adverse comments by Nov. 2, 2015.
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    OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for FY 2015
    Safety.BLR.com
    At the 2015 NSC Congress & Expo, OSHA announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2015. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 on the Expo floor.
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    Roadcheck Uncovers Fewer Out-of-Service Violations
    Truckinginfo
    Inspectors issued the fewest number of out-of-service violations yet during this year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance International Roadcheck. The 2015 International Roadcheck took place from June 2-4. During that time, CVSA inspectors carried out over 69,000 inspections. Out of that total, 44,989 were Standard Level I inspections, which are the most thorough type of roadside inspection.
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    Hours Exemptions 'Running Rampant,' Says TCA's Heller, Who Says FMCSA Still Working on 34-Hour Restart Study
    Overdrive
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has concluded the data gathering portion of the Congressionally required study on 2013’s hours of service rule and has begun the data analyzing phase, said the Truckload Carriers Association’s David Heller in a regulatory update webinar held Sept. 29, the latest in TCA’s Truckload Academy series.
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    Chemical Safety Board Releases Findings on 2014 DuPont Incident Where Four Workers Died
    U.S. Chemical Safety Board
    An ongoing investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) of the November 15, 2014, toxic chemical leak that killed four workers at the E. I. du Pont de Nemours insecticide plant in La Porte, Texas, has uncovered flawed safety procedures, design problems and inadequate planning. Nearly 24,000 pounds of deadly methyl mercaptan escaped in the middle of the night through two valves in a poorly ventilated manufacturing building. In one area of the plant, operations personnel attempted to clear blocked piping.
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    Safety Data Sheets: Your Responsibilities
    Safety+Health
    As a safety professional, it is your job to ensure Safety Data Sheets are readily available to employees in a timely manner. That means you’re responsible not only for capturing SDSs as they enter your facility, but also for making sure these documents are properly cataloged and accessible to employees as well. If you receive a shipment without an SDS, your first step should be to check your SDS library to see if it might already be logged.
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    Survey Reveals Only 45% of Companies Met Recent GHS Compliance Deadline
    Material Handling Wholesaler
    Loftware, Inc. announced availability of a report highlighting the state of readiness in the chemical industry for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS) and OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). GHS, which was first adopted back in 2002 by the United Nations, was designed to ensure safe production, transport, handling, use and disposal of hazardous materials. Following GHS, HCS was later introduced by OSHA to bring US regulations into alignment with the international guidelines.
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    Regulatory Preferred Provider Content — Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. — CA Issues Guidance to Companies on How to Prepare Alternatives Analysis Under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations
    Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
    California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released for comment its Draft Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis Guide (Draft AA Guide). Under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR), responsible entities (generally, manufacturers) must perform an AA for the listed Chemical of Concern (COC) and Priority Product (PP) combination to determine how best to limit potential exposures or the level of potential adverse public health and environmental impacts posed by the COC in the PP. Under SCPR, before the Initial PP List is issued in final, DTSC must make available on its website guidance materials to assist persons performing AAs.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    Toxic Substances Bill Filibuster-Proof … When It Can Get to the Floor
    Roll Call
    Whenever the Senate gets around to debating an overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, there will be 60 supporters. Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) announced their intent to sign on as co-sponsors of the agreement Friday, bringing the total number to 60 senators representing 38 states.
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    House Moves to Delay Deadline for Automating the Nation's Railways
    The Hill
    A bipartisan measure has been introduced in the lower chamber that would push back the deadline for most railroads to install automated train technology until December 2018. The bill is known as the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015 (H.R. 3651). Railroads currently have threatened to shut down service in Jan. 2016 to avoid fines if Congress does not move a Dec. 31 deadline to install an automated navigation system known as Positive Train Control, which regulates the speed and track movements of trains.
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    Rail Shutdown Would Cost $30 Billion, Study Finds
    The Hill
    A shutdown of the nation's railways at the end of the year if Congress does not move a deadline for automating most of the nation's trains would cost the U.S. economy $30 billion, according to a study conducted by the American Chemistry Council.
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    Lankford, Senators Challenge Department of Labor Regulatory Actions
    Sen. James Lankford
    Last week, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) led a letter with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) to Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to challenge the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recent use of an expedited regulatory guidance process rather than a more transparent and deliberative regulatory rule-making process that allows input from the American people.
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    Negotiators Reach Pacific Trade Deal in Major Obama Victory
    The Hill
    U.S. trade negotiators reached a historic agreement with 11 other nations on a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal, marking a major victory for President Obama. Trade ministers announced Monday morning they have hammered out a deal resolving the final complex and thorny issues of the Trans-Pacific Partnership after nearly six years of talks.
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