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Legislative and Regulatory Resources: NACD Legislative and Regulatory Outlook Webinar presentation, slides now available
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The archived presentation and slides from last week's NACD Webinar — 2013 Legislative and Regulatory Outlook are now available on the members' only section of the NACD website. During this webinar, NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson discussed leadership changes on congressional committees that will impact the direction of several of NACD's key issues such as chemical facility security and Toxic Substances Control Act modernization. To access the full webinar recording and slides, go here and click on the Regulatory Resources for NACD Members Only link. More

Regulatory Update: NACD files comments in support of incorporating special permits into hazardous materials regulations
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Last week, NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson filed comments with the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration in support of a proposed rule to incorporate several DOT Special Permits into the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Ms. Gibson specifically commented on the proposed inclusion of SP 11836, which authorizes the transportation of ammonia solutions in vented drums. More

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Regulatory Update: EPA issues several TSCA Significant New Use Rules, withdrawals
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December was an active month for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the area of Toxic Substances Control Act Significant New Use Rules. On December 19, EPA issued a proposed SNUR for the chemical substance identified generically as ethoxylated, propoxylated diamine diaryl substituted phenylmethane ester with alkenylsuccinate, dialkylethanolamine salt, which is used to color ink. EPA had included this substance in a list of 118 direct final SNURs in April. EPA received an objection, so the agency withdrew the SNUR and has now issued it as a proposed rule. Comments are due on January 18. Click here for a copy of the proposed rule. More

Regulatory Update: FMCSA reminds motor carriers to update data to ensure accuracy in safety measurement system
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The Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently issued a notice reminding motor carriers to ensure that their Vehicle Miles Traveled and Power Unit data from the Motor Carrier Registration form are updated in order to properly assess their levels of exposure in the Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Safety Measurement System. FMCSA reminds carriers that if VMT data in FMCSA's database is from 2010 or older, it will not be used in the calculations when the January SMS snapshot is posted at the beginning of February. More

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New hazmat shipping paper rule now in effect
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As of Jan. 1, the six-year transition period for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's HM-2151 ended, and the ruling will now be enforced. This new standard rearranges the order of information on U.S. shipping documents to be more in synch with international documents, specifically the current U.N. Recommendations for Transport of Dangerous Goods. More

PHMSA's twin finals
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PHMSA has issued two final rules under its international harmonization rulemakings. HM-215L is this year's biennial update of the Hazardous Materials Regulations, designed to bring them into line with the international provisions in the 2013-2014 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions and Amendment 36-12 to the IMDG Code, drawing largely on the amendments in the 17th revised edition of the UN Recommendations. PHMSA has also issued a new final rule under HM-215K, which dealt with the international harmonization issues that entered into force in January 2011. More

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  • Predictions for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
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    The Acta Group has shared its thoughts on what may be headed our way in 2013 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Although the 2012 presidential election is over, environmental issues will continue to be used to make distinctions between the two parties (or between the House and Senate). Speculation is currently rife with what directions a re-elected Obama administration might take: seek a middle-ground approach to maneuver successfully through a divided Congress, or, facing no further election campaigns, play aggressively to the environmentalist base of the coalition that was, in part, responsible for making a second term possible. More

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    Carriers have 'no sense of their pricing power'
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    If, as many economists are predicting, we start to see decent economic growth in the second half of 2013, trucking will have an almost unprecedented advantage in the marketplace to adjust rates upward and turn operating ratios on their ear. Noel Perry, managing director and senior consultant with Nashville, Ind.-based FTR Associates, says the only thing standing in trucking's way is trucking itself. More

    Fearlessly fearful lookout: 2013
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    The year of shipping in 2012 was not an especially notable one in terms of bright spots. However, it refused to exit quietly into that good night, with labor unrest kick-starting 2013. More

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    MAPI: Sluggish growth for 2013, pickup in 2014
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    There's good news and bad news for the U.S. economy in 2013 according to the latest quarterly forecast of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation U.S. Industrial Outlook. MAPI projects that industrial production will increase 2.0 percent in 2013, but that's a decrease from the 2.3 percent projected in its previous quarterly forecast. A pickup is likely in 2014, however, with growth anticipated to be 3.2 percent, slightly below the 3.3 percent in the group's September report. More

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