SOURCE: National Association of Chemical Distributors

National Association of Chemical Distributors

February 06, 2015 10:43 ET

Chemical Distributors Meet With Top Officials to Discuss Legislative, Regulatory Challenges

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - February 06, 2015) - This week, the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) Government Advocacy and Regulatory Affairs Committees met with key policymakers and regulators in Washington to provide input and express concerns about some of the association's key priorities for the coming year.

On Wednesday morning, the Government Advocacy Committee met with Reps. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Cheri Bustos (D-IL) to raise the issues of highway funding reauthorization, Surface Transportation Board reform, and regulatory harmonization within and between federal agencies. Brainerd Chemical Company, Inc. Chairman and NACD Chairman Mat Brainerd said, "Making sure our federal highway infrastructure is properly funded and maintained, freight rail competition and dispute adjudication is reformed, and regulatory agencies harmonize their regulations to reduce the burden on small businesses like the majority of NACD member companies are some of the top priorities for the association this year. I welcome the willingness of leaders like Congresswomen Comstock and Bustos to meet with our association to discuss ways we can move the ball forward on these issues."

On Wednesday afternoon, the Regulatory Affairs Committee sat down with Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response Mathy Stanislaus to discuss updates to Executive Order 13650 - Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. They also met with Drug Enforcement Agency Unit Liaison for the Office of Diversion Control Thomas Prevoznik, who talked about the trends the agency is seeing with regard to chemicals being used for drug production. Small Business Administration Assistant Chief Counsel Bruce Lundegren discussed ways federal agencies and industry can work together to tackle challenges that small businesses face every day.

On Thursday, the Regulatory Affairs Committee held talks with Occupational Safety and Health Administration Director of the Directorate of Standards and Guidance Bill Perry on implementation of the 2012 Hazardous Communications Standard and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Throughout the two days of discussions, committee members informed regulators of issues their companies face and highlighted areas where industry can work with regulators to improve on the current regulatory regime. 

NACD President Eric R. Byer stated, "We are pleased we were able to sit down with policymakers and regulators to discuss some of the opportunities and challenges impacting chemical distributors. While there is still a long road ahead to address all of our concerns, NACD stands ready to work with legislators and regulators alike to craft pro-business policies that foster growth so our members can put even more Americans back to work while remaining committed to operating in a safe and responsible manner."

NACD and its nearly 450 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. They make a delivery every six seconds while maintaining a safety record that is more than twice as good as all manufacturing combined. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution. For additional information on our members, their safety record or NACD, visit NACD at www.nacd.com.

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