Responsible Reflections Blog

June 14, 2018
NACD Members Active on CFATS Reauthorization
NACD Members Active on CFATS Reauthorization
By Eric Byer, NACD

Over the last two months, the association has undertaken an aggressive grassroots campaign to educate Members of Congress on the need to pass a long-term reauthorization of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program before it expires on January 19, 2019. 

May 23, 2018
Hurricane Season Is around the Corner – Are You Ready?
Hurricane Season Is around the Corner – Are You Ready?
By Eric Byer, NACD

Last year, we experienced one of the most destructive hurricane seasons in recent memory. The extensive damage caused by Harvey in Texas, Irma in Florida, and Maria in Puerto Rico continue to impact communities to this day, as many still haven’t fully recovered economically from the devastation of these storms. As we head into the summer and with the official start of hurricane season on June 1, now is the time to update your hurricane preparedness plans and review resources to ensure you are ready in the event a storm makes landfall in your area this year.

May 16, 2018
Distributors Should Celebrate Their Accomplishments This National Transportation Week
Distributors Should Celebrate Their Accomplishments This National Transportation Week
By Eric Byer, NACD

Our members know transportation. They do it every day, distributing the chemicals we all depend on for life in the 21st century. That’s why National Transportation Week is a big one here at NACD – simply put, it’s what we do, and we do it safely and efficiently.

 

April 25, 2018
Tariffs on Chinese Products Will Hurt Consumers and Businesses
Tariffs on Chinese Products Will Hurt Consumers and Businesses
By Allison Tuszynski, NACD

In early March, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a proposed list of 1,300 products that would be subject to an additional 25 percent tariff duty rate when imported from China. As importers of chemical products from China, many NACD members have told us about the impact the tariffs will have on them if implemented. These tariffs, commonly known as the Section 301 China tariffs, would result in an overall $50 billion price tag that will be passed directly on to the U.S. consumer in the form of higher product prices.

April 18, 2018
CFATS Reauthorization—Ensuring No Gaps in Chemical Security
CFATS Reauthorization—Ensuring No Gaps in Chemical Security
By Bob Kolasky, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, National Protection Programs Directorate

The four-year authorization of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program is set to expire in January 2019. With less than eight months to go, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) are working with Congress on long-term reauthorization for CFATS while continuing to streamline the program’s processes. For DHS, CFATS reauthorization is a national security and economic imperative.

April 11, 2018
Concerned About Drones? Resources Are Available from FAA and DHS
Concerned About Drones? Resources Are Available from FAA and DHS
By Jennifer Gibson, NACD

Last week, NACD staff including myself met with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) drone and hazardous materials offices. We had a good discussion regarding NACD members’ concerns about drones flying near their facilities and what actions they can take to protect their operations.

April 4, 2018
EPA Numbers Prove Chemical Industry’s Commitment to EHS&S
EPA Numbers Prove Chemical Industry’s Commitment to EHS&S
By Allison Tuszynski, NACD

People often hear the word ‘chemical’ and think the worst – hazardous, dangerous, toxic. But the reality is much different. New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) numbers demonstrate how NACD's environmental, health, safety, and security program helps association member facilities minimize their environmental impact. 

March 21, 2018
Congress: Don’t Let CFATS Reauthorization Get Lost in the Mid-Election Cycle Shuffle
Congress:  Don’t Let CFATS Reauthorization Get Lost in the Mid-Election Cycle Shuffle
By Eric Byer, NACD

While it may seem just like yesterday that we were advocating for Congress to approve a long-term authorization bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), we are now nine months away from the program expiring. While to many this may seem like plenty of time to secure another long-term bill, for Congress it is hardly any time at all. 

March 7, 2018
Don’t Miss Out - Take Advantage of the Benefits of E-Learning
Don’t Miss Out - Take Advantage of the Benefits of E-Learning
By Kat Cooper, NACD

According to a 2017 report by Research and Markets, the global e-learning market is set to grow by seven percent to $331 billion by 2025. This growth is driven by demand for distance learning, government programs, increased global reach of the internet and e-learning platforms, and greater investment opportunities around the world. In 2010, the global e-learning market was just $32.1 billion, meaning there’s been a 1,000 percent increase in the e-learning economy in less than a decade!

February 21, 2018
Time for U.S. Senate to Act on GSP Renewal!
Time for U.S. Senate to Act on GSP Renewal!
By Eric Byer, NACD

Earlier this week, we at NACD launched a grassroots alert on our Chemical ReACTions website requesting that our members contact their U.S. Senators urging them to support Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) renewal. Since its implementation in 1976, GSP as a trade program has benefited American companies and workers by cutting tariffs (i.e., taxes) on nearly 5,000 imported products. But it expired Dec. 31, 2017, costing American companies including dozens of NACD members millions of dollars a day while they wait for Congress to renew it.