Responsible Reflections Blog

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.

February 1, 2018
A Path Forward
A Path Forward
By Eric Byer, NACD

President Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this week provided an interesting glimpse into his priorities for 2018 and beyond. For the first time in more than 20 years, a sitting president highlighted the importance of infrastructure development as one of the top priorities for his administration this year. Given the economic environment as well as the regulatory climate, what other good things can we expect from this president? His speech on Tuesday gives us an idea.

January 25, 2018
Chemical Distributors Forge Ahead with NACD Responsible Distribution® Resources and Commitment
Chemical Distributors Forge Ahead with NACD Responsible Distribution® Resources and Commitment
By Caroline Kramer, NACD

The 6th cycle of Responsible Distribution is well underway with the first year of its three-year cycle. We kicked off the cycle in 2017 with the launch of a new online dashboard tool, a renewed sense of continuous improvement, and dedication to improved resources. 

January 11, 2018
2018 Looms Large for Chemical Distribution Industry on Policy Issues
2018 Looms Large for Chemical Distribution Industry on Policy Issues
By Eric Byer, NACD

The beginning of a new year brings time for reflection on goals accomplished in the last twelve months and challenges ahead that we need to tackle. As we enter President Trump’ s second year in office, not to mention a midterm election year, we need to be laser-focused on the key policy issues most impacting chemical distributors.

December 7, 2017
Congress on the Brink of Major Tax Overhaul
Congress on the Brink of Major Tax Overhaul
By Layla Soberanis, NACD

Closing out 2017, we find ourselves on the precipice of witnessing Congress pass the biggest tax overhaul since 1986. The last tax reform was three decades ago, and Congress has struggled on thorny tax debates ever since. We can all agree (Democrats, Republicans, or others) that the overly complicated and burdensome U.S. tax code is due for a major update.