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Regulatory resources: Register today for timely NACD webinar on EPCRA reporting requirements
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Registration is now available for a free NACD webinar: Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act — More to This Law Than TRI Reports. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. EST. Kathleen Roberts of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. will review basic EPCRA reporting obligations, what these requirements mean to NACD member companies, and how the reported information is used by federal, state, local and private entities. The webinar will also explore the real-world consequences of noncompliance. More

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Regulatory update: FMCSA issues new hours of service final rule
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On Dec. 27, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published the much-anticipated hours of service rule in the Federal Register. The new HOS rule reduces the maximum number of hours a truck driver can work within a week from 82 to 70. In addition, truck drivers cannot drive after working eight hours without first taking a break of at least 30 minutes. The final rule retains the current 11-hour daily driving limit. More

Regulatory update: DOT publishes amendments to hazardous materials regulations
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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation published two notices in the Federal Register to make minor changes and clarify items in the hazardous materials regulations. On Dec. 28, PHMSA published correcting amendments to final rule HM-218F. This rule was intended to promote safer transportation practices; eliminate unnecessary regulatory requirements; finalize outstanding petitions for rulemaking; facilitate international commerce and simplify the regulations. On Dec. 30, PHMSA published a final rule responding to administrative appeals, providing clarifications and correcting typographical and other minor errors adopted in HM-215K, an international harmonization final rule. More

Regulatory update: As NLRB makes ambush elections rule permanent, NACD supports small business employers' due process and legal rights
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On Dec. 20, the National Labor Relations Board released its final "ambush elections" rule, effective April 30. The rule diminishes due process and legal rights of non-unionized employers to challenge a union’s petition for voting. The final rule allows for speedier union elections by eliminating dispute resolution options that have historically been used to delay voting. The NLRB maintains that the new rule will reduce litigation costs. Those opposed to the NLRB rule argue that it contains bias in favor of unions by preventing employees the opportunity to hear from both sides before making a choice on union membership. More



Regulatory update: Internal report citing CFATS implementation challenges leaked
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Fox News recently ran a story on major problems with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program, based on an internal Department of Homeland Security report that was leaked to the network. According to Fox, the report identified multiple human resources problems, including lack of adequate experience, knowledge and training. More

Legislative update: Spending bill prohibits OSHA from moving forward on MSD column proposal
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In a victory for the business community, the spending bill to fund federal government operations through Sept. 30, 2012 includes a prohibition on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's continued development of a rule to include a column for reporting musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on the OSHA 300 injury and illness log. More


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EPA issues SNUR for 20 substances
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing significant new rules (SNUR) under section 5(a)(2) of TSCA for 20 substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices, including multiwalled carbon nanotubes. The SNURs would require those intending to manufacture, import, or process these chemicals for an activity designated as a significant new use by the final rule to notify EPA at least 90 days in advance. The notices are now subject to a public comment period, with the deadline of Jan. 27. More



EPA asked to delay dioxin assessment
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The American Chemistry Council is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to change course on its assessment of the most potent form of dioxin. Such a move could further prolong completion of the assessment, which has been under way for more than 20 years. More

Eurozone crisis clouds industry outlook for 2012
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There may be many surprises in store for 2012 but one thing seems certain: Growth below the long-term trend. The ongoing Eurozone crisis has cast a fog of uncertainty over the global economy, obscuring the outlook, constraining growth and suppressing investment. But the prospect of continued expansion in Asia's emerging markets offers a basis for optimism among chemical manufacturers, say industry analysts. More

Chemical mergers and acquisitions market faces challenges in 2012
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After a record year for global chemical mergers and acquisitions in 2011, the deal market is likely to fall in 2012 in terms of dollar volumes as players struggle with an uncertain economic outlook and financing challenges. More
 
 

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