Members of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) are meeting in Washington today for the Association’s annual Fly-In.
During the event, 50 NACD member company participants have 149 meetings scheduled with Senators, Representatives, and congressional staff members representing 33 states. In the meetings, NACD members are urging Congress to:
*Eliminate the October 2009 sunset date and allow the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) to be fully implemented and tested before enacting new chemical security legislation.
*Consider Toxic Substances Control Act Reform by supporting approaches like the Environmental Protection Agency’s ChAMP, which has the potential to quickly test and provide public information on more chemicals than a REACH type of framework employed by the European Union.
*Enact legislation to eliminate the railroads’ antitrust exemption (S. 146 and H.R. 233) and to reform the Surface Transportation Board to give rail consumers some recourse when dealing with rail problems.
*Maintain the railroads’ common carrier obligation to transport HazMat and reject the railroads’ proposals to shift some of their liability to shippers.
*Oppose the “Employee Free Choice Act”, which would allow for a card-check procedure in lieu of a secret ballot for employees when deciding whether to form a union in a workplace.
Other highlights of the Fly-In included a presentation on the importance of chemical industry advocacy by former member of the House of Representatives and current American Chemistry Council President Cal Dooley, an update on the latest CFATS developments by Director of the Department of Homeland Security Infrastructure Security Compliance Division Sue Armstrong, and a meeting with senior members of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee staff to discuss the 111th Congress agenda.