Responsible Reflections Blog

October 18, 2018
Many Chemical Distributors to Receive Discounted Fees under New TSCA Small Business Definition
Many Chemical Distributors to Receive Discounted Fees under New TSCA Small Business Definition
By Allison Tuszynski, NACD

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published the final rule on TSCA User Fees and officially began collecting the new fees for TSCA activities on October 1. NACD has been closely involved in the development of the rule. We submitted our initial comments in August of 2016 and then sent more extensive comments in February 2018 based on EPA’s proposed rule. 

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 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. 

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.