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2022 Annual Report

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  • 228Distributor Members
  • 52Chemical Producer Affiliates
  • 39Chemical Handler Affiliates
  • 82Service Provider Affiliates
  • 3Global Distribution Partners

Total 404

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Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) of 2022 Passes

Thanks to a multi-year effort, led by NACD and the OSRA coalition, to put pressure on Congress to address ocean shipping issues, OSRA was signed into law on June 16, 2022. This is the first major legislative update to shipping laws since 1998. The final version of OSRA included an NACD-led provision to address systemic discrimination by ocean carriers of hazardous material shipments.

OSRA Top Accomplishments

*As of August 16, 2022

NACD Advocacy

NACD Metrics for Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA)
  • 96

    House Cosponsors

  • 30

    Senate Cosponsors

  • 300+

    Hill Meetings on Shipping Crisis Issue and OSRA

  • 50+

    Grassroots Action Alerts Sent to Members of Congress

  • 100+

    Legislator Meetings Led to Cosponsoring OSRA

  • 150+

    Companies & Trade Associations Signed on to OSRA Coalition Letters of Support

  • Multiple NACD Member Site Visits Led to Cosponsoring OSRA

  • NACD-initiated Bipartisan Dear Colleague Letter Led by Reps. Moolenaar (R-MI) and Bishop (D-GA)

*As of August 16, 2022

Navigating the

Superfund Tax

On July 1, 2022, the Superfund Tax on chemicals was reinstated. NACD recognized immediately that its members would need help navigating these complex new tax rules.

  • NACD entered into an agreement with tax attorney Douglas Charnas of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC to assist with the navigation of the tax and open dialogue with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

  • NACD met with the IRS to voice member concerns, sent the IRS a letter requesting further guidance, and sent the IRS a letter requesting lenient implementation.

  • NACD worked with Congressman John Moolenaar (R-MI) who sent a letter to the IRS requesting a delay in enforcement.

  • NACD circulated a letter requesting more guidance from Treasury and IRS, which was sent from multiple House and Senate offices.

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Superfund Tax Resources

For Members

  • Webinars were held in January, June, and November of 2022 to offer high-level preparation for tax implementation.

  • An in-depth summary and FAQ document were developed to assist members with compliance.

  • A template letter was drafted for members to submit their own letter to the IRS requesting guidance.

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Other Top Issues

& Regulatory

  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

    NACD submitted comments in response to a proposed rule under TSCA to prohibit the manufacturing, import, and distribution of chrysotile asbestos. NACD encouraged EPA to reconsider the legal and scientific bases for its proposal to phase out the use of asbestos containing diaphragms in the chlor-alkali industry.

    NACD also submitted comments in response to four of the five draft revised risk determinations on n-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), Methylene Chloride, Perchloroethylene (PCE), and Trichloroethylene (TCE), citing concerns with the “whole chemical approach” and the agency’s removal of the assumption that all employees wear proper personal protective equipment.

  • Rail Reform

    The Surface Transportation Board (STB) held a hearing on rail service. NACD testified with member company Hawkins Inc. and submitted written comments, citing instances where shipments were often delayed and delivered inconsistently. NACD also submitted comments in support of the STB’s proposed rule to amend its emergency service regulations to expedite relief.

    NACD also supported the introduction of the Freight Rail Shipping Fair Market Act in the House of Representatives by the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee DeFazio (D-OR) along with Reps. Payne (D-NJ), Scott (D-GA), and Costa (D-CA).

  • EPA Risk Management Program

    NACD submitted comments in response to the EPA’s proposed rule to establish a rule under the Clean Water Act (CWA) that would require facilities to submit facility response plans if they meet requirements related to distance to navigable waters, capacity to house CWA hazardous substances, and one substantial harm criteria. NACD voiced concerns with high costs of compliance, ambiguity throughout the rule, and the lack of data showing a need for the regulation. NACD also led a coalition of 11 industry groups concerned about the proposal and drafted and submitted comments on behalf of the group.

    NACD also closely monitored the development of EPA’s proposed rule to revise the Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule under the Clean Air Act. NACD participated in a meeting with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where members of impacted industries voiced concerns with a more overreaching RMP rule.

  • Trade

    NACD continued its efforts to spur the renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) trade programs that expired on December 31, 2020. During the 2022 Washington Fly-In, NACD members urged lawmakers to provide short-term, clean renewals of GSP and MTB to allow Congress to negotiate more long-term solutions without harming importers who rely on the trade programs.

    NACD also submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security requesting guidance to comply with the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and published a summary of the bill to assist NACD members. NACD submitted comments to the International Trade Commission (ITC) August 24 in response to the agency’s request for input as it conducts its four-year statutorily mandated review of the China Section 301 tariffs and its economic impact on U.S. industries.

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Government Affairs


  • Met with Congress over 400* times in 2022

  • Met with 208* regulators in 2022

  • Over 30* Members of Congress visited NACD members or NACD staff (in-person or virtually)

  • *As of August 16, 2022

Fly-in Advocacy


NACD held its Washington Fly-In event that gave attendees the opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress in-person and virtually and talk to them directly. This reunited our membership with those on Capitol Hill, allowing them to personally meet their representatives.

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On LinkedIn, we gained 3,757 impressions

  • More than 100 meetings with Congressional Offices

  • More than one-third of the meetings with Attendees’ Member of Congress

  • More than 50 attendees

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Political Action Committee (PAC)*

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    Amount raised in 2022: $81,100

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    Number of PAC contributors in 2022: 39

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    Amount raised in 2021-2022 cycle: $160,800

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    Disbursements to lawmakers and candidates in 2022: $97,500

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    PAC events attended: 30+

  • *As of October 19, 2022

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Media Outreach

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Opinion Media

From February-November 2022, Eric Byer and NACD bylined articles in CleanLink, Paint & Coatings, Real Clear Policy, and Supply Chain Dive.

Earned media

From January-August 2022, NACD earned comments and quotes in several publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CleanLink, Transport Topics, ICIS, and ChemWeek.

Shipping Survey

From October 2021–August 2022, NACD conducted two member surveys mapping the increasing negative impact of the shipping crisis on the industry, which was then used to raise awareness and red flags with key governmental entities.

Published Blogs

From February-September 2022, NACD published various blogs to help members and the public better understand supply chain issues and the Superfund tax.

7th Cycle Verifications Now Complete

January 1, 2020-December 31, 2022
  • 293 site verifications have been conducted

  • 235 companies passed verification

  • Four verification models implemented to accommodate issues related to COVID-19: Traditional On-site, Virtual, Full Documentation, and Admin Documentation

  • Two Responsible Distribution Adviser companies support implementation needs

  • 54 virtual workshop attendees in March

  • 140 workshop attendees in August

  • 20 Responsible Distribution course offerings on NACD U

  • Nine Responsible Distribution webinars

  • Two Candidacy Class training sessions with 10 different companies

  • *As of October 21, 2022

NACD’s third-party verified EHS&S program is committed to continuous improvement. A new era of Responsible Distribution is launching in 2023 with a heightened focus on sustainability and a dynamic program that is more in line with other industry management systems.

Responsible Distribution 2023

Updated Resources

  • Specifications and Guidance Document

    Details the Code and specification level changes as well as provides enhanced guidance and examples for conformance for all Responsible Distribution requirements.

  • Comparison Guides

    This free resource provides a detailed table comparison between Responsible Distribution 2023 and other industry management systems, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ACC Responsible Care ® (RCMS), and RC 14001.

  • Code Coordinator Manual

    The comprehensive guide to program requirements, understanding the verification process, resources, online tools, dashboard navigation, frequently asked questions, and more.

  • Gap Assessment Tool

    This free resource walks companies through each of the specifications to assess preparedness for verification. This can also be used as an internal auditing tool.

  • Starter Kit

    This paid resource, downloaded as a .zip file, has been greatly enhanced for Responsible Distribution 2023 and now contains 78 example documents (policies, procedures, forms, checklists) to help companies develop or improve their program documentation. To further assist companies with the Responsible Distribution 2023 changes, this enhanced Starter Kit also includes 19 examples for the new Code VI: Sustainability.

New Regulatory Course Series

NACD worked with strategic partner, Environment & Safety Solutions (Inc.), to develop three detailed Regulatory course series in NACD U.

Waste Management Series
  • Managing Solid Waste

  • Managing Hazardous Waste

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know (EPCRA) Series (launched December 2021)
  • EPCRA Emergency Planning and Release Reporting Requirements

  • EPCRA Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reporting Requirements

  • EPCRA Toxic Release Inventory Reporting Requirements

Fire Protection Series (launched May 2022)
  • Fire Protection - Basics (Part I & II)

  • Fire Protection - Processing

  • Fire Protection - Storage

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Special NACD Regulatory Training Session

Toxics Release
Inventory Reporting

Conducted as a special online training in May 2022, this training session helped members to better understand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual Toxics Release Inventory Reporting (TRI) requirements.

The course resources include a step-by-step guide on TRI reporting, lists, forms, and calculation tools.

Available in NACD U Course Catalog

Responsible Distribution


New Responsible Distribution NACD U courses are under development to reflect the changes associated with Responsible Distribution 2023. All companies will be required to complete the following five new courses prior to their next verification. All these new courses will be released by the end of 2022.


Code Coordinators


Senior Managers

What is Responsible Distribution 2023?

Lessons Learned

Code VI: Sustainability

Corporate Social Responsibility

Code VI: Sustainability

Environment, Recycling, Waste, and More

NACD Launched a New and Improved Online Membership Directory

The newly improved Online Membership Directory will help members and Affiliates connect more directly. This online version includes advanced search functionality to help better match companies to a user’s needs. New search functionality includes:

  • Membership Type

  • Region

  • City/State/Zip/Country

  • Distributor/Supplier Product Information

  • Affiliate Product Information

  • Market Codes

  • Market Services

At the beginning of 2022, we also launched a downloadable
NACD Membership Directory.

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Driving Operations Forward 2022

Distinct Topics Covered




Mobile App Users




First-time Attendees

Emerging Leaders Group

32 members participated in the 2022 Emerging Leaders Program

From a career perspective, it was a great opportunity for me. It showed me that my company was invested in me and believed I could be a leader in our company. By going to these meetings and being able to network and see people face to face, I now feel far more comfortable going out on customer calls and conducting business meetings.

-Will Ralls, Global Business Development, Harcros Chemicals Inc.

I was the only female on the commercial team in my company and I was much younger than the majority of my colleagues, so the Emerging Leaders network instantly gave me a sense of community. My Emerging Leaders class was almost 40% women while the general demographic of the industry was much less. So, it was also the first time that I'd been in a room at any sort of industry event and felt like I wasn't in an overwhelming minority.

-Amelia Greene, Global Product Manager, Wego Chemical Group

The Emerging Leaders Program has been a huge stepping stone for me. I wanted to be a sponge and use this chance to try and learn as much about the industry and NACD as I possibly could. NACD does a really good job of bringing different people together–from the sales side, operations, or from regulatory compliance. The program broadened my perspective and understanding of the different facets of the business.

-Colie Whitaker, President, Whitaker Oil Company
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FY22 Total Revenue $7,129,482

FY22 Total Expenses $6,952,328

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2022 NACD Distributor
of the Year Award

Megan Bohan, Esq.

CEO and Owner
TRInternational, Inc.

2022 NACD Affiliate
of the Year Award

David McMillan

Vice President
Axon Underwriting Services, LLC

2022 NACD Employee
of the Year Award

Jennifer Gibson

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Responsible Distribution
Excellence Award

Coast Southwest

2022 Executive Committee

  • Kurt Hettinga – Chairman

    Superior Industrial Solutions, Inc.

  • Edward Boss – Vice Chairman

    President and CEO
    Riteks, Inc.

  • Megan Bohan, Esq. - Treasurer

    TRInternational, Inc.

  • Eric R. Byer

    President and CEO

2022 DIRECTORS-at-large

  • Randall J. Eppli

    President and CEO
    Columbus Chemical Industries, Inc.

  • Jessica Fegan

    Senior Director of Quality & Operations
    Connection Chemical LP

  • Scott Leibowitz

    Regional President
    Brenntag North America, Inc.

  • Jason Jacobus

    First Hyperion LLC

  • Jeff Martin

    Vice President
    Quadra Chemicals Inc.


  • Robert E. Carroll III

    Northeast Region
    President, R. E. Carroll, Inc.

  • Marilyn Stovall Fitzgerald

    Central Region
    President & CEO, Transchemical Inc.

  • Colie Whitaker

    Southern Region
    Whitaker Oil Company

  • Stephen M. Halpin

    Western Region
    President, Norman, Fox & Co.

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