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Regulatory resources: NACD to host Nov. 30 webinar on increased EPA enforcement
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On Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. EST, NACD will hold a free webinar on recent trends in Environmental Protection Act enforcement activities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically increased its inspections and fines over the past two years. EPA is particularly focusing on Clean Air Act Section 112(r) Risk Management Plan and Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act reporting requirements. More

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Regulatory update: Facilities must now have amended and implemented SPCC plans
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Nov. 10 was the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's deadline for facilities to have amended and implemented a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan. The SPCC rule requires facilities to develop plans to prevent, prepare for, and respond to oil discharges to navigable waters and adjoining shorelines. SPCC plans must be maintained and available upon request from the EPA and submitted if the facility experiences spills that exceed certain quantities and frequency. The SPCC compliance deadline had been extended several times, but now only farms have been granted an extension beyond last Thursday’s deadline. More

Regulatory update: EPA publishes correction notice on lifting of TRI hydrogen sulfide stay
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On Nov. 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a correction notice in the Federal Register to an Oct. 17 notice announcing the lifting of the administrative stay of the Toxics Release Inventory reporting requirements for hydrogen sulfide. The October notice mistakenly lifted the stay of the reporting requirements for methyl mercaptan, and also inadvertently omitted language in the preamble and contained incorrect language in the amendatory instruction section. More

Legislative update: Senate committee to hold TSCA hearing on Thursday
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On Thursday, Nov. 17, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing on S. 847, the Safe Chemicals Act, to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., will chair the hearing. The Safe Chemicals Act would require chemical companies to demonstrate the safety of chemicals and would direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate safety based on the best available science. More

Legislative update: NACD signs letter in support of Regulatory Accountability Act
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Earlier this month, NACD signed a letter along with several other trade associations in support of H.R. 3010, the Regulatory Accountability Act. This legislation would reform the federal rulemaking process by increasing public participation in shaping the most costly regulations before they are proposed; requiring agencies to choose the least costly option unless they can demonstrate a need to protect public health, safety or welfare; giving interested parties the opportunity to hold agencies accountable for their compliance with the Information Quality Act; providing for on-the-record administrative hearings for the most costly regulations to insure that agency data is well tested and reviewed; restricting agencies’ use of interim final regulations where no comments are taken before a regulation takes effect and providing for expedited judicial review of whether that approach is justified; and providing for a more rigorous test in legal challenges for those regulations that would have the most impact. More

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NACD: US agencies get heavy-handed
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U.S. federal agencies are taking an increasingly hard-line approach to regulating chemical distributors, raising compliance and operational costs that far outweigh benefits. The whole regulatory environment is "intense" according to Jennifer Gibson, vice president for government affairs at the National Association of Chemical Distributors. More

Chemical distribution sector has growth on the agenda
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What does the future hold for chemical distribution over the next 10 years? It looks like there will be more trucks, ships and trains. There is going to be more chemical distribution 10 years from now, says Guenther Eberhard, managing-director of Swiss chemical-distribution consultancy DistriConsult, "especially in the mature economies." Uta Jensen-Korte, director general of the European Association of Chemical Distributors, says while it may be too "early to know what the influence of the current economic turmoil will be for our industry, the chemical distribution industry has seen a steady recovery from the worldwide economic downturn." More

Economic challenges breed opportunity
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There is no doubt that businesses in the U.S. are facing difficult times ahead. There are real issues on both the domestic and international fronts, and they will subsequently affect the economy, financial markets, education, employment, retirement and government policies. Both large and small chemical distributors have been and will be affected — but those same challenges also present certain opportunities, for companies willing and able to take advantage of them. More

EU September chemical output falls 1 percent from August to 9-month low
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EU chemical production fell by 1 percent month-on-month in September — to a low so far this year — due to a broad-based downturn across major producer countries, initial data by statistical agency Eurostat showed. Chemical production fell 1.2 percent in the eurozone. Year-on-year, output was down 0.6 percent in the EU and 0.7 percent in the eurozone. More


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