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Process Safety Management

In July 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration abruptly revised its enforcement guidance regarding Process Safety Management for Highly Hazardous Chemicals. The change effectively eliminated the retail exemption to PSM for agricultural retailers who store and handle anhydrous...

2016 05 26 Asst Secretary David Michaels OSHA PSM Anhydrous Ammonia Response Letter.pdf

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Coalition Voices Concern on PHMSA Proposal

ARA joined with a coalition of organizations to provide comments on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed rule on rail tank car standards and operating practices. PHMSA’s proposed rule would establish new standards and...

Ag Statement to DOT on Hazardous Materials Enhanced Tank Car Standards Proposed Rule.docx

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ARA Requests Federal Advisory Committee to Review RMP Revisions

ARA and a number of other national trade organizations have submitted a letter to the EPA requesting the agency utilize an existing federal advisory committee and reactivate the Accident Prevention Subcommittee to provide the Office of Emergency Management with industry stakeholder advice and...

EPA on RMP RFI FACA Request FINAL 26SEP 2014.pdf

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ARA Submits Comments on Agricultural Worker Protection Act

The Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) was established by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 to provide workplace protections for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers to prevent or reduce occupational pesticide exposure, incidents and illnesses. The EPA has proposed...

ARA comments to EPA Worker Protection Standards 18AUG2014 FINAL.pdf

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ARA, Others Appreciate Biotech Support

The Agricultural Retailers Association signed onto a letter to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thanking her for her recent comments supporting the benefits of biotechnology. "With all of the public debate on biotechnology and the fear, originating in false claims, that many have come...

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ARA Comments on Proposed Electronic Logging Device Regulations

ARA recently submitted written comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding the proposed rulemaking on Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. In the letter, ARA states it does not...

ARA FMCSA ELD comments 26JUN2014.pdf

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Coalition Seeks Repeal of Scanning Rules

The Agricultural Retailers Association joins more than 70 other trade associations from a broad cross-section of industries urging the Obama administration to repeal a mandate that all cargo entering the U.S. be scanned for explosives and other toxic substances. The 2006 statutory requirement ...

Scanning Industry Letter to Secretary Johnson 060214.pdf

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CFATS 2014 Coalition Support Letter

ARA and other organizations are encouraging the House Committee on Homeland Security to quickly consider and pass the CFATS Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014. ARA and a coalition of organizations submitted a letter of support to the committee today. The bill (H.R. 4007)...

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ARA Urges Wireless Competition in Rural Areas

ARA joined a coalition of 26 organizations, led by NCTA – The Rural Broadband Association, to support expanding economic and innovation opportunities of spectrum through an incentive auction for the 600 MHz wireless spectrum. "Unfortunately, all too often, wireless service in rural areas is...

FCC ex parte - Auction Letter 4-28-14.pdf