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As 2012 comes to a close, NACD would like to wish its Members, Affiliates and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the NACD NewsBrief a look at the most popular articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Regulatory Update: EPA publishes final rule to require more data on EPCRA Tier I and II reports
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(From July 17)
On Friday, July 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule in the Federal Register to require facilities to report additional information in Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory (Tier I and II) forms. The final rule will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014. This will allow facilities to prepare for the changes with 2013 data that must be reported by March 1, 2014.

Regulatory Resources: Updated REACH paper available to NACD members
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(From Oct. 2)
A new Statement on the Role of U.S. Chemical Distributors in the European Union REACH Regulation is now available for NACD members. This paper is an update to the original NACD REACH statement released in 2008. NACD created the statement to clarify the role of U.S. chemical distributors, if any, under the EU's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals regulation, including the limitations of their involvement in the program.

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Regulatory alert: TSCA Chemical Data Reporting period has begun
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(From Feb. 7)
The reporting period for the TSCA Chemical Data Reporting began Feb. 1 and lasts until June 30. Under TSCA, importers of chemicals are considered to be manufacturers and thus subject to the law's requirements, including CDR reporting. If your company manufactured or imported any products on the TSCA Inventory in volumes of 25,000 pounds or more at a site during the calendar year 2011, you must file a CDR report. Substantial changes have been made to the requirements since the last IUR reporting period that took place in 2006.

Regulatory update: NACD responds to calls for EPA involvement in chemical security
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(From May 29)
NACD President Chris Jahn has responded to the second New York Times editorial in three weeks calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Air Act General Duty Clause to force chemical facilities to implement "inherently safer technologies" in the name of security.

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Regulatory Update: Senator seeks answers on CFATS implementation
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(From Aug. 14)
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is the latest member of Congress to request answers from the Department of Homeland Security about the agency's implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. Grassley first questioned DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano about these issues, which were outlined late last year in a DHS internal report leaked to Fox News, at a hearing in April. According to Grassley, since this hearing, a whistleblower has provided more details about DHS's management of the program, including allegations that employees were assigned to nonexistent field offices, allowing them to work from home while claiming on paper to be located in phantom field offices.

Regulatory victory: FMCSA grants petition to change tank vehicle definition
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(From April 10)
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has informed industry that they have granted a Petition for Rulemaking to change the definition of tank vehicle to confirm that drivers transporting intermediate bulk containers with an aggregate capacity of 1,000 gallons or more will not be required to obtain a tank endorsement. A May 9, 2011 final rule on commercial driver's license testing changed the definition of tank vehicle in a way that would require drivers carrying IBCs at the 1,000 gallon threshold to have a tank endorsement. In response, NACD and several other organizations formed a coalition to have this decision reversed.

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    US says FedEx broke rules on hazardous shipments
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    (From Aug. 14)
    U.S. safety regulators are seeking a $681,200 civil penalty against FedEx, saying that the package-delivery company violated rules on shipping hazardous material two years ago. Paperwork on several dozen shipments failed to properly describe the nature or amount of material being shipped, according to regulators.

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    Dry cleaning solvent is likely carcinogen, EPA concludes in first update since 1988
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    (From Feb. 14)
    The Environmental Protection Agency formally concluded Feb. 10 that a widely used dry cleaning solvent is a likely human carcinogen, paving the way for the agency to reconsider drinking water and other standards for the chemical.

    Want success? Revamp your mornings
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    (From June 14)
    The day may have 24 hours of equivalent length but author Laura Vanderkam says not every hour is created equal. Drawing on her own research, surveys of executives, and the latest science on willpower for her forthcoming e-book, "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast," Vanderkam argues that making smart use of the early morning is a practice most highly successful people share.

    Expansion of shale gas market boosts outlook for US chemicals industry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    (From Oct. 16)
    The expansion of the shale gas market could potentially drive significant benefits to the U.S. chemicals industry, including decreased raw material and energy costs, according to "Shale Gas: Reshaping the U.S. Chemicals Industry," a new report by PwC U.S. In fact, another recent PwC report estimated the potential impact of shale gas on U.S. manufacturing could enable U.S. manufacturers to lower their raw materials and energy costs as much as $11.6 billion annually by 2025.

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    Chemical plant explosion may hinder disposable diaper production
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    (From Oct. 9)
    A chemical plant in Japan that produces acrylic acid suffered a major setback when a fire broke out recently due to an abnormal chemical reaction, which led to explosions that killed a 28-year-old firefighter and injured about 30 people.

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