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Spring Regulatory Workshop

March 14, 2023

NACD’s 2023 Spring Regulatory workshop took a bird’s eye view of the current policy terrain that chemical distributors navigate daily. We brought in subject matter experts to review top future regulations and their impact on the industry. Attendees left with the resources to decipher the vast complex maze of chemical distribution regulations and adjust their compliance programs.

Thank you to our Regulatory Workshop sponsor: Brainerd Chemical Company, Inc.!


Registration is closed!


Tuesday, March 14, 2023

8:30-9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00-9:05 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jennifer Gibson, National Association of Chemical Distributors
9:05-10:05 am

Fraud – How to Prevent Your Company from Being Scammed
Lisa Parnpichate, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Over the past two years, NACD members have experienced a trend and uptick in incidents involving nefarious actors attempting to impersonate legitimate companies through email by asking for a line of credit and then submitting a Purchase Order.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars in chemicals are being stolen and shipped to Nigeria.  The FBI is working to resolve this but needs your assistance.

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10:05-10:20 am


10:20-11:20 am

TTB and Industrial Alcohol: Key Regulations Topics for Industry Members
Christopher A. Forster-Smith, Ph.D., Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

This session presented by Chris Forster-Smith, Industrial Alcohol Program Manager for TTB’s Regulations and Rulings Division, provided a brief overview of how TTB regulates industrial alcohol (ethyl alcohol) with a focus on federal permitting and regulatory requirements for producing, warehousing, selling and using denatured alcohol. Topics covered will include when different types of TTB permits are required, formula requirements for manufacturing articles made with denatured alcohol, requirements for measuring changes in quantity and proof of denatured alcohol during certain transactions, as well as recordkeeping and reporting requirements. The session also covered recent topics of interest for industrial alcohol industry members. 

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11:20 am-12:35 pm

Proposed Regulations Are at the White House for Review:  Will They Address the Many Open Question?
Douglas Charnas, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC, and Richard E. Engler, Ph. D., Bergeson and Campbell, P.C.

More than six months into the Superfund Tax, many questions remain unanswered.  Treasury has sent proposed Superfund Tax regulations to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in OMB for review.  What are the open questions and will the proposed regulations address them?  The panel discussed the open questions, the meetings NACD has had with IRS, and how the IRS may answer the open questions.

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12:35-1:20 pm Lunch
1:20-2:20 pm

U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) Recommendations for Regulatory Change
Stephen Klejst, Chemical Safety Board

The presentation highlighted a selection of recommendations issued by the CSB in connection with recently completed investigations. Emphasis was placed on recommendations issued to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that if implemented will result in regulatory change in the chemical manufacturing, petrochemical, and refinery sectors.

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2:20-3:35 pm

A Conversation with Maureen Ruskin, former Deputy Director of the Directorate of Standards and Guidance for US Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Karin Baron, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and Maureen Ruskin, formerly U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration

In this one-on-one conversation style presentation, Karin F. Baron, MSPH, Director of Hazard Communication and International Registration Strategy at Bergeson & Campbell, PC (B&C®), sat down with Maureen Ruskin to discuss her incredible and unique insights, and experiences with the OSHA Hazard Communications Standard, the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), and the US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC).

3:35-3:50 pm


3:50-4:50 pm

Forced Labor Legislation and Enforcement
Jeffrey Franz, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for preventing the entry of products made with forced labor into the U.S. market, and the Office of Trade’s Forced Labor Division (FLD) prioritizes raising awareness and educating the public on the important work it does to combat forced labor. In this session, the FLD presented on forced labor topics including relevant legislation such as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), as well as CBP enforcement actions such as Withhold Release Orders (WROs) and Findings. 

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4:50-5:00 pm