WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, members and affiliates of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) gathered in Washington D.C. to conduct over 150 visits to House and Senate offices. NACD's Washington Fly-In brought over 80 attendees to D.C. where they got an early start to the day hearing a formal address by Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.
This morning Rep. Pompeo detailed elements of the General Duty Clause Clarification Act of 2013. On February 28, 2013, Pompeo, Jim Matheson (D-UT), Billy Long (R-MO), and Bob Latta (R-OH) introduced H.R. 888, the bill. This bipartisan legislation clarifies that EPA has authority over safety and DHS has authority over security; and it requires EPA to issue regulations on the definition of three currently undefined, yet important, terms that are now enforced inconsistently. "Government regulators have continued to impose burdensome regulations, making it harder for the small businesses that make up NACD to continue improving people's lives," stated Pompeo. "I am fighting to make sure your voice is heard in Congress to change that."
After the Congressman's speech, the group of 81 NACD participants enveloped the Hill with visits to over 150 Senators and Representatives, and their staffs on Capitol Hill. NACD members urged Congress's support for:
- H.R. 888, the General Duty Clause Clarification Act, to institute a transparent rulemaking process to clearly define facility obligations under the General Duty Clause of the Clean Air Act, and to ensure proper future application of the clause, based on Congressional intent.
- Long-term extension of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS).
- Senator Vitter's (R-LA) bipartisan legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act.
"A personal visit to a congressional office is the most effective way to have your voice heard and make an impact on a Senator, Representative or congressional staff member. It is vital, as an industry, that we educate members of Congress on the integral role chemical distributors have in society and the economy," said Chris Jahn, President, NACD.
NACD and its over 400 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. They make a delivery every seven 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, a third-party verified management practice established in 1991 as a condition of membership. For additional information on our members, their safety record or NACD, visit NACD at www.nacd.com
Contact: Lucinda Schofer
SOURCE National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)