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Regulatory Update — NACD Cautions DOT on Proposed Tank Car Standards Rulemaking
The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding its proposed rule titled "Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains." The proposed rule would create stricter standards for the transport of hazardous materials by rail.
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Regulatory Resources — New Q&A Documents on Chemical Distributors and FDA Regulations Now Available
New resources on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations that impact chemical distributors are now available for NACD members. NACD Affiliate and Preferred Regulatory Compliance Provider Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. has prepared three separate question and answer (Q&A) documents on FDA regulations covering food and food additives, food contact substances, and cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients. These documents are now available to NACD members under Issue Specific Resources — Chemical Product Safety at www.nacd.com/regulatory/resources.
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Please join NACD at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, Oct. 15, for the next regulatory webinar — Understanding FDA Regulations and Procedures to Minimize Delays and Other Problems. During this webinar, DABT®, Senior Toxicologist Jane S. Vergnes, Ph.D., and Bergson & Campbell, P.C. Regulatory Consultant Karin F. Baron, M.S.P.H., will provide an overview of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations applicable to food and food additives, food contact substances, and cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients. Register today.
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REGULATORY UPDATES


DOT Publishes Final Rule Making Technical Corrections to Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
On Oct. 2, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a final rule in the Federal Register making technical and conforming changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations throughout title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), subtitle B, chapter III. Specifically, FMCSA is making minor changes to correct errors and omissions, ensure conformity with Office of the Federal Register style guidelines, update references, and improve clarity and consistency of certain regulatory provisions. FMCSA says that the rule does not make any substantive changes to the affected regulations. The changes are effective immediately. To read the final rule, click here.
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EPA Issues $230,000 RMP and EPCRA Fine
United States Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Suncor Energy has agreed to pay $230,400 in penalties to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) at its Commerce City, Colorado, refinery.
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Certain Nonylphenols and Nonylphenol Ethoxylates; Significant New Use Rule
Federal Register
Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) for 15 related chemical substances commonly known as nonylphenols (NP) and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE). For 13 NPs and NPEs, EPA is proposing to designate any use as a "significant new use," and for 2 additional NPs, EPA is proposing that any use other than use as an intermediate or use as an epoxy cure catalyst would constitute a "significant new use."
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Addition of Nonylphenol Category; Community Right-To-Know Toxic Chemical Release Reporting
Federal Register
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding a nonylphenol category to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) of 1990. EPA is adding this chemical category to the EPCRA section 313 list pursuant to its authority to add chemicals and chemical categories because EPA has determined that this category meets the EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(C) toxicity criterion.
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Auditors Fault EPA for Lax Chemical Safeguards
The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn't do enough to stop hundreds of hazardous chemicals from getting into waterways via sewage plants, a watchdog report found. The EPA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) said the agency uses the Clean Water Act to regulate only 126 toxic chemicals that could flow to sewage plants, leaving about 300 chemicals that are considered hazardous under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
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Chemical Makers, Energy Companies Tell EPA Not to Mandate Fracking Fluid Disclosure
Bloomberg BNA
Chemical makers and energy companies have told the Environmental Protection Agency there is no need for it to require them to report information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing fluids.
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Chemical Storage Fee Bolsters Iowa City's Response Abilities
Firehouse
Cedar Rapids is one of the only communities in Iowa that charges a fee to facilities that store large amounts of potentially-dangerous chemicals. "We've had a lot of people ask us to put together a state fee, but the Legislature won't buy off on any state fees," said Adam Broughton, senior environmental specialist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. More than 4,000 facilities filed a Tier II report for 2013.
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White House Reviewing Higher Insurance Requirement
Fleet Owner
The Dept. of Transportation (DOT) has sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a draft advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to consider an increase in the minimum insurance requirement for motor carriers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also is considering extending financial responsibility requirements to private motor carriers as Congress authorized nearly a decade ago and to passenger carrier brokers as well as freight brokers and forwarders.
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LEGISLATION


Examining Claims and Concerns About Udall-Vitter TSCA Reform Proposal
Environmental Defense Fund
Richard Denison has explained how the Udall-Vitter major redraft of the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) both dramatically improves that bill and would be much better than current law (preemption aside). Now he examines some specific concerns being raised and claims being made about the Udall-Vitter proposal.
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Senate Passes Bill to Improve Sunscreen
The Hill
Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) introduced S. 2141, the Sunscreen Innovation Act, which would require the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a process for the review and approve over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreens. The Senate passed the measure through a unanimous consent agreement and it now heads to the House for further action.
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California Governor Signs Oil Train Spill Bill
Uncover California
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will enable state emergency responders to receive more information about trains carrying potentially hazardous cargo.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Fracking and the Chemicals Used in Drilling: A Supply Chain in Need of Improvement
Forbes
In producing oil through fracking, and other types of oil production as well, chemicals are injected into the ground to increase flow. The industry argues these chemicals are safe, environmental activists the opposite. Regardless of which position you take, there is a supply chain associated with delivering these chemicals to oil fields.
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10 Simple Warehouse Safety Hacks
ThomasNet News
In warehousing environments, safety must be taken seriously, not only for the protection of employees and compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations but also to improve overall workplace efficiency. Here are inexpensive, quick-hit ways to ramp up warehouse safety.
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Another Week, Another Intermodal Record
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The amount of U.S. intermodal rail traffic continues hitting record high levels. The Association of American Railroads reports for the week ending Sept. 20 intermodal rail volume was 279,777 units, breaking the previous record set the week before. This happened as there were 302,178 railcar loads, up 5 percent compared with the same week last year.
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2015 Third-Party Logistics Study Takes Deep Dive into Omni-channel Supply Chain
Modern Materials Handling
The relationships between third-party logistics (3PL) service providers and shippers are seeing ongoing developments due in large part to the continuing emergence and sophistication of omni-channel retailing. That was one of the key findings of The 19th Annual Third-Party Logistics Study.
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