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Regulatory update: New hours of service rules delayed
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a delay in the finalization of the new hours of service rules through the following statement: "The petitioners have agreed to extend the Oct. 28 deadline for publication of a final hours of service rule. FMSCA will continue to work toward publishing a final rule as quickly as possible. The parties to the settlement agreement will file their next status report with the court on Nov. 28." More

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Regulatory update: OSHA sends GHS rule to White House for final review
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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has sent the rule to adopt the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final review. OMB has 90 days to formally review the rule, after which time it will most likely be published in the Federal Register as a final rule. More

Regulatory update: EPA Assistant Administrator Steve Owens announces resignation
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator Steve Owens has announced his resignation, effective Dec. 1. Owens, who has headed the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention since July 2009, has led the EPA's efforts to increase its regulatory activities under the Toxic Substances Control Act. More

It's time to realign!
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Changes are coming to NACD's grassroots advocacy program. Watch for Chemical ReACTions to re-launch at Annual Meeting, and to set a fresh stage for growing bigger and bolder in our effort to engage, equip and motivate Congress to support the chemical distribution industry. Details coming Nov. 10.

Security resources: Free CFATS webinar, Wednesday, Nov. 16
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CFATS seems to have stalled as Congress works through the next phase of funding the program. But before it rises back up, there are smart steps you can take to ensure you are ready. This webinar will address how you can examine your program; get your paperwork in order; close gaps in security and operating procedure; and address tough questions about economies of scale. More

Legislative update: NACD again urges super committee to achieve more savings
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NACD has joined 199 other business organizations in sending a letter to the members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging them to go beyond the legislative mandate to achieve savings of $1.2 to $1.5 trillion. The letter specifically urges the committee to rein in spending, reform the tax code, reduce the deficit, and ultimately lower the U.S. debt level. More

Regulatory update: DEA issues final order placing 3 substances into Schedule I
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On Oct. 21, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration published a final order in the Federal Register to temporarily schedule three synthetic cathinones under the Controlled Substances Act pursuant to the temporary scheduling provisions of 21 U.S.C. 811(h). More

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Regulatory update: HHS rejects industry request for NAS formaldehyde study
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has rejected a request to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from NACD and 20 other associations to commission the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a definitive study on the alleged link between formaldehyde exposure and leukemia. NACD and the others sent the request to Sebelius after the National Toxicology Program issued a substance profile asserting that formaldehyde is a "known human carcinogen," which contradicted the findings and conclusions of an NAS committee's independent scientific review of a draft formaldehyde Integrated Risk Information System assessment from the Environmental Protection Agency. More

Security bulletin: Symantec issues report on recent attacks on chemical industry
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Symantec has issued a report, "The Nitro Attacks — Stealing Secrets from the Chemical Industry," which outlines a recent targeted attack on private companies involved in the research, development and manufacture of chemicals and advanced materials. More

Industry News

The spotlight is on volume weakness for the chemical sector following Q3 earnings
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As the first wave of third-quarter earnings results come in for the chemical sector, profits have been solid, showing year-on-year gains. Earnings were propelled by price increases. Yet, one element has been conspicuous in its absence — that of volume growth. More

Oil and gas industry concerned about proposed EPA changes
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Lizards aren't the only concern the Texas oil and gas industry has right now. A proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency is causing alarm. Stating that the oil and gas industry is a significant source of volatile organic compounds, which contribute to smog formation, the EPA states on its website that it is proposing new standards for several processes or pieces of equipment used in oil and gas production. More


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