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Regulatory update: EPA requires testing for 15 chemicals
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published a final rule in the Federal Register to require chemical manufacturers, importers and processors to conduct testing to obtain screening level data for health and environmental effects and chemical fate for 15 high production volume chemical substances. EPA says that this test data is needed in order to help the agency determine whether the chemical substances pose a risk to human health and/or environmental safety. More

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Regulatory update: EPA proposes testing and significant new use rules for 45 additional chemicals
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a notice in the Federal Register proposing to issue a test rule under Toxic Substances Control Act section 4(a)(1)(B) to require manufacturers, importers and processors of 23 high production volume chemical substances to develop screening-level health, environmental and fate data based on the potential for substantial exposures of workers and consumers to these chemicals. In the notice, EPA also proposes to issue simultaneously a significant new use rule (SNUR) for another 22 HPV chemical substances under TSCA section 5(a)(2). More

Legislative update: NACD signs letter to House leadership urging action on chemical security legislation
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NACD and 32 other organizations sent a letter to the House Republican and Democratic leadership urging them to consider and pass a multi-year extension of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program. Earlier this year, the House Energy and Commerce and Homeland Security Committees each passed separate bills to extend CFATS for seven years. In addition, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed a bill to extend the program for three years. More

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Legislative update: NACD supports efforts to prevent NLRB from crippling business
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On Oct. 12, NACD joined the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace in sending two letters to Capitol Hill advocating protections for small businesses. More

Legislative update: Key Congressional leaders request answers on government science work
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Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Rep. Darrel Issa, R-Calif., sent a letter to Dr. John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy for the White House demanding answers regarding the Obama administration's methods for achieving sound science determinations in major federal actions and requesting insight into the White House's response to possible scientific misconduct at several federal agencies on policies that impact the economy. More

Regulatory update: OSHA updates whistleblower manual
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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released an updated Whistleblower Investigations Manual. The new manual contains updates to case-handling procedures, information on the new laws enacted since the manual was last updated in 2003, and other information to guide OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program, which addresses retaliation complaints under the 21 whistleblower statutes delegated to OSHA. More

Regulatory update: STB Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council seeks members
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On Oct. 18, the Surface Transportation Board published a notice in the Federal Register calling for nominations for individuals to serve on the Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC). This council, established upon the enactment of the ICC Termination Act of 1995 (ICCTA), focuses on issues of importance to small shippers and small railroads, including car supply, rates, competition and procedures for addressing claims. More

Industry News

EPA to regulate disposal of fracking wastewater
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Energy companies have dramatically expanded the use of fracking in recent years, injecting millions of gallons of water, sand and chemical additives to unlock gas in deep shale formations in Pennsylvania, Texas and other states. Its prevalence has raised concerns about the potential impact on water quality and quantity. Federal environmental regulators have signaled they want to increase oversight of the natural gas extraction industry. More

Risk to fourth-quarter chemical earnings estimates
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Third-quarter profits for the chemical sector may be strong, but weakness in margins and volumes is likely to be felt in fourth-quarter results, so look for forecasts to come down further. More

Survey: Chemical industry optimism is up
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Despite uncertain economic conditions, the chemical and plastic industries are optimistic about the final three months of 2011, according to the latest Ceresana Industry Monitor survey. Of the participants responding to the survey, 40 percent said their business situation in September was good. Only 10 percent evaluate their business situation as poor. More


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