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Regulatory Resources: Free NACD webinar Nov. 1 on export control rules
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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: DOT clarifies hazardous materials regulations
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published a final rule in the Oct. 5 edition of the Federal Register to correct and clarify certain provisions in the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

In the clarified final rule, PHMSA corrects typographical errors, inaccurate Code of Federal Regulations references and citations, inconsistent use of terminology, misstatements of certain regulatory requirements and inadvertent omissions of information. PHMSA states that the intended effect of this rule is to enhance the accuracy and reduce misunderstandings of the regulations.

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Regulatory Update: EPA issues 78 more SNURs
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In the Oct. 5 edition of the Federal Register, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published Significant New Use Rules, or SNURs, under the Toxic Substances Control Act for 78 chemical substances. All of these chemicals were subjects of pre-manufacture notices. Seven of them are subject to TSCA section 5(e) consent orders issued by EPA.

The SNURs require persons who intend to manufacture, import or process any of these 78 chemical substances for any activity designated as a significant new use by the rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity.

Legislative Update: Congressional Budget Office scores Safe Chemicals Act
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The U.S. Congressional Budget Office has published its report on the estimated costs of S. 847, the Safe Chemicals Act, the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in July. The CBO estimates the Safe Chemicals Act would cost the U.S. government $128 million over the next five years and would increase the Environmental Protection Agency's workload for regulating chemical safety by about 30 percent each year. More

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  • Regulatory Update: NACD members invited to participate in webinar on competitive rail switching initiative
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    NACD members and affiliates are invited to participate in a free webinar Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. ET, hosted by the National Industrial Transportation League. The purpose of the webinar is to brief participants on the status of a proposal to change the Surface Transportation Board's rules governing competitive rail switching.

    If rail competition is an important issue to your company and if you would like to learn more about this effort, register now for the webinar.

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    Legislators want new rules on hazardous chemicals delayed
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    California's pending regulations governing the use of hazardous chemicals in consumer products should be halted until the state can show how they will affect businesses, a group of legislators told Gov. Jerry Brown in a letter. Sixteen state lawmakers have taken issue with the final draft of the rules, which are intended to help people identify harmful chemicals in household products and encourage businesses to adopt safer alternatives. More

    Chemical plant explosion may hinder disposable diaper production
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    A chemical plant in Japan that produces acrylic acid suffered a major setback when a fire broke out recently due to an abnormal chemical reaction, which led to explosions that killed a 28-year-old firefighter and injured about 30 people. More

    FTR trucking conditions index moves higher in August
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    FTR expects trucking conditions to improve in 2013, thanks to modestly better economics and a strong increase in capacity utilization stemming from added constraints on trucking from federal regulations taking effect in mid-year. The transportation analysis and forecasting firm says its Trucking Conditions Index for August rose 1.4 points from July to a reading of 5.8. The index has been in mildly positive territory, but without clear direction, since the economy weakened in early 2011. More

    Logistics companies weathering economic uncertainty
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    A new survey shows that despite the economy, logistics companies fared well in 2011 as more shippers turned to their customized services. There were trouble spots, though, as the 19th Annual Survey of Third-Party Logistics Providers revealed that 26 percent of firms failed to meet their financial projections for 2011, up from 14 percent in 2010. More


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