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Regulatory update — FMCSA issues new hours-of-service proposed rule
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a proposed rule on driver hours-of-service (HOS) in the Federal Register. Under a 2009 settlement agreement resulting from Public Citizen's suit against the current HOS regulations, FMCSA must publish a final HOS rule by July 26, 2011. More



Regulatory update — NACD and others file petition for rulemaking on hazardous materials safety permit
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NACD and four other organizations have filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to modify the regulations governing the hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP). Specifically, the petition requests changes to the regulations to provide for the use of a six-year average when establishing the HMSP disqualification thresholds to reduce the impact of having carriers comply with a moving eligibility target, to smooth the differences that may occur from cycle-to-cycle, and to eliminate the impact of a single period with either abnormally high or abnormally low out-of-service rates. More

Regulatory update — EPA releases 2009 TRI data; Chemical distribution has lowest average emissions per facility
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its national analysis of the 2009 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). The chemical distribution industry had the third-lowest total releases of any reporting industry, behind only the apparel and leather industries, both of whom had far fewer reporting facilities. Even better is that the chemical distribution industry had the lowest average emissions per facility of any reporting industry, with an average of 2,852 pounds per facility. When narrowed to only NACD members, the average release per facility was only 2,124 pounds. More

Regulatory update — NLRB issues proposed rule on posting of union rights
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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to require each employer subject to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to post a notice in the workplace informing employees of their rights under this law to organize and join unions and engage in union activities. More


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A chemical earnings supercycle may emerge
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The global recovery in chemicals in 2010 is poised to shift into expansion mode in 2011, with further volume gains across the board. A continuing economic recovery, driven by emerging markets, and tight supply/demand balances in major products, will boost profitability further in 2011, potentially leading into a "supercycle" in certain product and geographic areas. More

Chemical players upbeat about prospects in 2011
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The chemical industry can expect growth and increased merger and acquisition activity in 2011, but must also be prepared for potential instability, according to leading producers, distributors and consultants. The consensus suggested that many would continue to be cautious following their experiences with the global recession, feedstock price volatility, fluctuating exchange rates and the introduction of Europe's new chemical legislation. More



DuPont settles Toxic Substances Control Act violation charges for $3.3 million
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DuPont has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $3.3 million for violating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). According to the EPA, DuPont had violated TSCA Section 8(e), which provides that "Any person who manufactures, processes, or distributes in commerce a chemical substance or mixture and who obtains information which reasonably supports the conclusion that such substance or mixture presents a substantial risk of injury to health or the environment shall immediately inform the Administrator of such information unless such person has actual knowledge that the Administrator has been adequately informed of such information." More

Better identification of fire hazards needed
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A troubling situation arises when nothing catastrophic follows recurring combustible dust-related fires. Illuminating histories of catastrophic dust explosions investigated by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) during the past eight years indicated that, prior to deadly dust explosions, facilities experienced numerous non-threatening combustible dust-related fires. More

2011 is International Year of Chemistry
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The International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. Under the unifying theme "Chemistry — our life, our future," IYC 2011 will offer a range of interactive, entertaining and educational activities for all ages. The Year of Chemistry is intended to reach across the globe, with opportunities for public participation at the local, regional and national level. More
 

 

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