NACD, Industry Groups Urge Chemical Safety and Security Improvements

ARLINGTON, Va., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) yesterday joined 15 industry organizations in a letter to President Obama calling for enhancements to chemical facility safety and security. The letter responds to Executive Order (EO) 13650, which directs the federal government to improve coordination with state and local partners; enhance federal agency coordination and information sharing; modernize policies, regulations, and standards; and work with stakeholders to identify best practices.

In its letter, the coalition urged the Obama administration to work with industry and others to ensure that emergency responders have the information they need to protect communities where chemicals are stored, to improve regulatory effectiveness and operational coordination, and to leverage private sector industry programs that enhance and update the current federal approach as well as foster a broad perspective on emerging safety trends and industry best practices. 

The coalition also pressed agencies to commit to full transparency and sufficient opportunity for stakeholder participation in every step of the rulemaking process relating to chemical safety and security, including the issuance of Advanced Notices of Proposed Rulemaking and making peer-reviewed scientific and technical studies used in the rulemaking process available to the public.

"NACD appreciates the critical task of continuing to improve the safety and security of chemical facilities. However, the federal government must not levy more burdensome regulations that cost jobs and hinder economic growth while doing little to increase safety," stated NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson. "A regulatory system that is clear, consistent, and leverages private sector solutions to target agency efforts is the most effective way to ensure the safety and security of the chemicals industry."

Apart from NACD, the coalition includes the Agricultural Retailers Association, the American Chemistry Council, the American Coatings Association, the American Forest & Paper Association, the Council of Producers & Distributors of Agrotechnology, the Compressed Gas Association, CropLife America, the Chlorine Institute, the Fertilizer Institute, the Institute of Makers of Explosives, the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration, the International Liquid Terminals Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The complete letter is available here.

NACD and its over 420 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party verified management practice. For more information, visit www.NACD.com.

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Contact: Matthew McKinney
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SOURCE National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)



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