Responsible Reflections Blog

July 20, 2017
EPA’s New Centralized Enforcement Policy Makes Perfect Sense
EPA’s New Centralized Enforcement Policy Makes Perfect Sense
By Eric Byer, NACD

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new policy that requires all 10 regional offices to secure approval from headquarters before initiating contact with companies that could be subject to enforcement action for a potential violation. When learning about this development, my initial reaction was why this hasn’t been the case all along? One of the biggest issues with government bureaucracy is that there are simply too many layers of red tape leading to regulatory inaction.  

July 13, 2017
Why Face-to-Face Training is Here to Stay
Why Face-to-Face Training is Here to Stay
By Mike Lang, NACD

Not long ago, having more than 100 people attend a Responsible Distribution workshop was a lofty goal. What started out as very small meetings has now blossomed into large, multi-speaker workshops boasting triple digit attendance year over year. We’ve truly found the best way to reach the practitioners and advocates of Responsible Distribution, the leading management system in the chemical distribution industry, is to bring them together all in one place.

June 29, 2017
In a Turbulent Washington, Staying the Course Is Key
In a Turbulent Washington, Staying the Course Is Key
By Eric Byer, NACD

There is no question that the first five months of the Trump administration with a Republican majority in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate has not turned out the way most people thought it would.  Over the last several weeks, and during visits with NACD members at industry events and regional meetings, the number one question I receive is “What the heck is going on in Washington?”  As with everything in DC, the answer is complicated.  

June 8, 2017
One Year after LCSA, New System for Chemicals Starts to Take Shape
One Year after LCSA, New System for Chemicals Starts to Take Shape
By Allison Tuszynski, NACD

Almost one year ago, the only environmental law to be enacted in the Obama administration passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (now commonly called LCSA) was signed on June 22, 2016 and revised its predecessor, the Toxic Substances Control Act. LCSA in fact gave greater power to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act against high-risk chemicals and allowed for further manufacturer certainty when interacting with the agency.  

May 25, 2017
Healthcare on the Hill – What’s Needed for Chemical Distributors
Healthcare on the Hill – What’s Needed for Chemical Distributors
By Eric Byer, NACD

For a long time, healthcare has been and continues to be an issue that has real and lasting implications for Americans across the country. While many smart people are working around the clock to come up with a solution that works for all Americans, finding that solution isn’t easy. Given the persistent quagmire in Washington these days, I believe it’s time we forge our own path to solve the healthcare problem facing our industry.

May 11, 2017
American Infrastructure Is on the Brink of Failing – The Time to Act Is Now
American Infrastructure Is on the Brink of Failing – The Time to Act Is Now
By Eric Byer, NACD

Transportation infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy. Unfortunately, that lifeblood has been ignored over recent years and has been allowed to become anemic, threatening the veins and arteries that feed our very economy. As Infrastructure Week kicks off in earnest next week, we are reminded of how important our roads, bridges, airports, and seaports are to growing the US economy and ensuring we continue being a global economic powerhouse.

April 27, 2017
Personal Advocacy Can Help Address Major Industry Concerns
Personal Advocacy Can Help Address Major Industry Concerns
By Eric Byer, NACD

One of the many functions of trade associations like NACD is to advocate for the industry we represent in front of lawmakers and regulators. Oftentimes, the priorities of different industries are at odds with one another making the advocacy process difficult and slow. But, this year two issues stand out to NACD that have broad support among a number of industries – association health plans and regulatory reform. Asking Congress to address these two issues through your own personal advocacy efforts can make a major impact.

April 18, 2017
Inbound Logistics Podcast: Are You and Your Supply Chain Partners Shipping Chemicals Safely?
Inbound Logistics Podcast: Are You and Your Supply Chain Partners Shipping Chemicals Safely?
By Eric Byer, NACD

The logistics of shipping chemicals often comes with it’s own unique set of challenges. Ensuring the standards of safety and proper protocol falls to the National Association of Chemical Distributors who works with supply-chain partners across the globe to realize their mission to enhance and communicate the professionalism and stewardship of the chemical distribution industry.

April 6, 2017
Bipartisanship Is Being Tested but Not Dead Yet
Bipartisanship Is Being Tested but Not Dead Yet
By Eric Byer, NACD

One of the great things about a change in presidential administrations is the renewed optimism that new priorities can be accomplished. Even with a divided Congress, the first 100-days of a new administration usually leads to a few substantial successes that result from election campaign promises. With Congress and the White House not able to approve legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, the question is now whether that failure to pass one of the hallmark issues of the president’s campaign will hamper progress to pass tax and regulatory reform as well as a major infrastructure measure. 

March 23, 2017
Shuttering CSB Is Not the Solution to Fiscal Woes
Shuttering CSB Is Not the Solution to Fiscal Woes
By Eric Byer, NACD

Last week, President Trump offered his FY 2018 budget submission to Congress for its consideration. While I applaud the president for attempting to trim this country’s ballooning fiscal footprint, his proposal takes whacks at several programs important to NACD members, most importantly the potential shuttering of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB).