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Legislative update: NACD tells Senate Safe Chemicals Act is not the answer for TSCA
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On Thursday, Nov. 17, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health held a joint hearing on S. 847, the Safe Chemicals Act. NACD joined with the Alliance for American Innovation, a business alliance committed to finding the right approach to updating TSCA, and sent out a group statement of appreciation for the bipartisan effort to tackle the complex issues in updating TSCA, but reminded Congress that many serious issues still need to be worked out and that the Safe Chemicals Act as it is currently written is unworkable for distributors. More

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Regulatory resources: Registration still available for EPA enforcement webinar
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Registration is still available for the upcoming free NACD webinar "Increased EPA Enforcement — What You Need to Know." The webinar will take place Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. EST and will provide an overview on EPA trends, what the agency is seeking through inspections, and resources companies can use to prepare. This will be the first in a series of webinars that will address various requirements of the Clean Air Act and EPCRA that are applicable to chemical distributors. More

Regulatory resources: Followup material now available from EPA and Bergeson & Campbell CDR webinars
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The slides from the Nov. 16 Environmental Protection Agency webinar on the new Chemical Data Reporting rule are now available at In addition, EPA has informed NACD staff that a recording of the webinar and a list of questions and answers will be available shortly. More

Regulatory update: EPA publishes watch list of alleged violations
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently made available to the public its facility watch list of alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Resource Recovery and Conservation Act. According to EPA, the agency maintains this watch list to facilitate dialogue between EPA, state and local environmental agencies on enforcement matters relating to facilities with alleged violations identified as either significant or high priority. More

Regulatory update: NACD signs letter to EPA in response to limits on trade association participation in key meetings
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NACD recently joined with 35 other trade associations in sending a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe expressing concerns about the exclusion of trade associations from an upcoming meeting with small businesses. In the past, the EPA has held several meetings with small business trade associations, including NACD, but for the next meeting specifically limited attendance to small businesses only, and not their trade associations. More

Regulatory update: NACD files comments on new limits to government employee attendance at trade shows
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NACD has filed comments with the Office of Government Ethics in response to a proposed rule restricting government employees from attending trade association meetings and other events. The proposed change in the ethics rules would exempt charitable, media and professional organizations, but specifically includes trade associations. In the comments, NACD President Chris Jahn stated, "NACD holds numerous events that are beneficial to federal employees not because we use the contacts for a lobbying advantage, but because the information exchanged there provides a valuable public benefit and creates a working public-private partnership." More

Industry News

ATA takes driver hours battle to budget office
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The American Trucking Associations is taking its battle against proposed changes to truck driver work hours to the federal Office of Management and Budget, which is reviewing the Department of Transportation's latest hours of service rule. In a letter to Cass Sunstein, administrator of OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, ATA President Bill Graves questioned whether "any legitimate reason" exists to change the current hours of service rules for truck drivers. More

TAPA rolls out truck security standards
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The Transported Asset Protection Association is rolling out global security standards for trucking and the first trucking security certification program for motor carriers and logistics service providers in the U.S. and abroad. The program fills a gap in cargo security, the lack of international security standards and a certification program for the most ubiquitous mode of transportation. The program is aimed at transporters of high-value goods targeted by cargo thieves. More

China debt crisis could spur global declines in petrochemical and polymers demand
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The country's lending binge in 2009-2010, followed by the government's credit tightening measures and falling real estate prices, could trigger a serious non-performing loans crisis. As the Eurozone faces disintegration and the U.S. continues to struggle with low growth and high unemployment, China remains one of the great hopes. There is a growing school of thought, however, that China is in much deeper trouble because its economy is inextricably tied to events in the West. More

International chemical association reports on UN chemicals management progress
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The International Council of Chemical Associations has published the first update report for the U.N. Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, describing progress made by ICCA on the 20 official SAICM indicators since July 2010. The report includes the results from ICCA's Responsible Care Global Charter and its Global Product Strategy initiatives. More


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