NACD NewsBrief
Jan. 17, 2012

Space still available for EPCRA webinar: Sign up now!

Ensure that you are prepared for all of your 2012 EPCRA reporting requirements by participating in a free NACD webinar – "Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act — More to This Law Than TRI Reports." The webinar will take place Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. EST. In this webinar, Kathleen Roberts of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. will review basic EPCRA reporting obligations, what these requirements mean to NACD member companies, and how the reported information is used by federal, state, local and private entities. The webinar will also explore the real-world consequences of noncompliance.More

Regulatory resources: Registration now available for Process Safety Management and Chemical Distribution Webinar

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the nationwide expansion of its Chemical Emphasis Program to ensure compliance with the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard. To assist members in preparing, NACD will host a free Webinar on Jan. 31 that will cover PSM and how it applies to chemical distributors. We will discuss the current status and enforcement of PSM regulation, how it applies to distributors and how to find out if it applies to your company. We will conclude by introducing the basic elements a company needs to comply with process safety management. Join Jesse Kunes, Kestrel Management Services, and NACD's Mike Lang for this timely and free webinar. Register today at PSM Webinar. The Process Safety Management (PSM) and Chemical Distribution Webinar will take place Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. – noon EST.More

Regulatory update: eCDRweb now available

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that individuals participating in reporting for the 2012 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule may now access the agency-provided electronic reporting tool, eCDRweb, to electronically complete and submit the CDR Form U. If you have already registered through EPA's Central Data Exchange (CDX), you may go back and access the eCDRweb. If you have not registered, you must first register with CDX under the new "Submissions for Chemical Safety and Pesticide Programs" to access the eCDRweb tool. For further information, see the CDR website. The CDR reporting period will begin Feb. 1 and last until June 1.More

Regulatory update: Committee chairmen request delay of CDR reporting period

On Jan. 13, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus, R-Ill., sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson asking for a delay in the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) submission period from Feb. 1 – June 1 until June 1 – Sept. 30. Chairmen Upton and Shimkus cite outstanding unanswered questions from industry about the CDR requirements and a delay in instructions for using the electronic reporting tool. "In three weeks thousands of employers must provide your agency reams of data on chemicals their businesses use. We are concerned that EPA will be enforcing a program it does not fully understand and cannot explain to people who must follow it," wrote the chairmen. They have requested EPA to respond to their request by Friday, Jan. 20.More

Regulatory update: EPA and California DTSC collaborate on safer chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) have signed a memorandum of understanding outlining principles under which the two agencies will cooperate to eliminate the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products. The agreement will facilitate the DTSC's use of EPA's Green Chemistry Program, which supports technologies that reduce or eliminate the use of toxic substances in the design, manufacture, and use of products as it continues the implementation of its own Green Chemistry Initiative regulations. Click here for a copy of the EPA's news release on the agreement.More

Environmental NGO calls for study on health effects of fracking
Chemical Watch
The Health and Environment Alliance has joined members of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in calling for a study to determine the effects of chemicals released during hydraulic fracturing on human health. The call follows the publication of a review of gas drilling concluding that the contamination of water with fracking chemicals and toxic metals presents a significant risk to human health.More

US construction bottoms out
ICIS Chemical Business
The housing market is a key downstream consumer sector for the chemicals industry, driving demand for a wide variety of chemicals, resins and derivative products such as plastic pipe, insulation, paints and coatings, adhesives and synthetic fibers, among a great many others. The American Chemistry Council estimates that each new home built represents $15,000 worth of chemicals and derivatives used in the structure or in production of component materials. US new home construction finally hit its lowest point in 2011 and is now poised to make a long, slow recovery starting in 2012 — at least that is what people in the housing industry hope.More

What will 2012 bring?
Chemical Processing
The global economy has reached a critical state. In early 2011 the recovery had entered its third year but the pace of improvement slowed as higher energy prices, the disasters in Japan, the Eurozone crisis and the influence of other negative factors spread. A global soft-patch emerged — one centered in manufacturing. Unfortunately for the chemical industry, the manufacturing sector represents its major end-use or customer base.More

Online map shows biggest greenhouse gas emitters
The New York Times
The Environmental Protection Agency for the first time is making available detailed information on sources of greenhouse gas emissions, from the Mount Sinai Hospital heating plant in Manhattan to the nation's largest coal-burning power plant in Georgia. The agency has unveiled a searchable computerized map that allows users to identify the nation's major stationary sources of carbon dioxide and other climate-changing gases, including power plants, refineries, chemical factories and paper mills.More