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As 2011 comes to a close, NACD would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide the readers of NACD NewsBrief with a look at the most accessed articles from this year. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 3.


Regulatory update: DOT issues proposal on loading and unloading procedures
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From March 15, 2011: The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to require facilities and carriers that engage in cargo tank loading or unloading to establish safe operating procedures. Specifically, each carrier or facility would be required to perform a risk assessment of its cargo tank loading and unloading operations and develop safe operating procedures based on the results of this assessment. More

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Regulatory update: FMCSA issues new hours-of-service proposed rule
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From Jan. 4, 2011: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a proposed rule on driver hours-of-service in the Federal Register. Under a 2009 settlement agreement resulting from Public Citizen's suit against the current HOS regulations, FMCSA must publish a final HOS rule by July 26, 2011. More

EPA issues SNURs for 36 chemicals
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From Oct. 11, 2011: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued significant new use rules (SNURs) for 36 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices, requiring those intending to manufacture, import or process the chemical for an activity designated as a significant new use by the final rule to notify EPA at least 90 days in advance. More

Regulatory update: EPA orders testing on 19 chemicals
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From Jan. 18, 2011: The Environmental Protection Agency recently published a final rule in the Federal Register to require manufacturers, importers, and processors of 19 high production volume chemicals to conduct testing on these substances in order to provide basic health and environmental effects. The chemicals are used to make fragrances, dyes, explosives, and many other products. The issuance of this final rule is the latest in a series of actions that the EPA has taken to obtain more data on priority chemicals and to make this information available to the public. More



Regulatory update: EPA requires testing for 15 chemicals
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From Oct. 25, 2011: 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

Regulatory update: DOT publishes Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials Amendments final rule
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From July 26, 2011: On July 20, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published a final rule in the Federal Register on HM-218F, Hazardous Materials; Miscellaneous Amendments. The final rule will take effect on Aug. 19, and voluntary compliance is authorized immediately. More

Regulatory update: EPA releases new Inventory Update Reporting rule
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From Aug. 9, 2011: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the long-awaited Inventory Update Reporting final rule to increase the type and amount of information that must be reported. The first reporting period under the new rule will be from Feb. 1 – June 30, 2012. EPA has made numerous changes in this final rule from the proposed rule released in August 2010. More



Legislative update: NACD chairman testifies on chemical security before House subcommittee
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From April 5, 2011: On March 31, NACD Chairman Andrew Skipp testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy in support of H.R. 908 to extend the Department of Homeland Security's authority to implement the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program for an additional seven years. Other witnesses at the hearing included representatives from DHS, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates, the American Coatings Association and the Blue-Green Alliance. More

Regulatory alert: Chemical distributor to pay $164,000 for Clean Air and Right-to-Know violations
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From March 22, 2011: Last week, Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 announced that Pharmco Products will pay $164,109 to settle claims that it violated federal Clean Air Act and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act requirements. According to an EPA complaint filed in December, Pharmco failed to submit a risk management plan for its sporadic storage of pentane in violation of the Clean Air Act, and failed to alert emergency responders of the presence of more than two dozen chemicals and file Toxic Release Inventory reports for four chemicals. More

Regulatory update: DOT requiring duplicate leakproofness testing on new IBC inner bottles
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From July 26, 2011: NACD has learned that U.S. Department of Transportation enforcement personnel have advised facilities of their interpretation that the hazardous materials regulations require leakproofness tests on already-tested new intermediate bulk container inner bottles. It is common practice for shippers to replace the inner bottles of IBCs when they wear out and to continue to use the outer cages. More
 
 

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