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Regulatory resources: Register today for timely NACD webinar on EPCRA reporting requirements
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Ensure that you are prepared for all of your 2012 EPCRA reporting requirements by participating in a free NACD webinar: "Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act — More to This Law Than TRI Reports." The webinar will take place Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. EST. In this webinar, 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: OSHA publishes corrections and technical amendments to 16 standards, including PSM
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On Dec. 27, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a notice of corrections and technical amendments in the Federal Register. Through the notice, OSHA has corrected typographical errors in, and made non-substantive technical amendments to, 16 OSHA standards. More

Regulatory update: NLRB delays union poster rule effective date to April 30; new NLRB appointments
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The National Labor Relations Board has postponed the effective date of the Notice Posting Requirement to April 30, in response to a request from the federal court in Washington, D.C. that is overseeing the legal challenge filed by, among others, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. NACD is a member of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

On Jan. 4, President Obama appointed three new members to the National Labor Relations Board. These recess appointments filled three vacancies on the board, but are likely to be contested because the appointments occurred while the Senate was in pro forma session.

Legislative update: NACD joins coalition for transportation productivity
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NACD recently joined the Coalition for Transportation Productivity, an organization whose mission is to support legislation, the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act, which would authorize the use on U.S. interstate highways of higher productivity, six-axle, single-trailer vehicles weighing up to 97,000 pounds. The higher limit would allow chemical distributors to more efficiently utilize transportation equipment and reduce freight costs. More

Regulatory update: EU proposes chemical bans through REACH regulation, adds more substances to candidate list
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The European Chemical Agency has submitted a list of 13 substances recommended for bans under REACH to the European Commission. The list included trichloroethylene, seven chromium compounds and five cobalt compounds. ECHA has proposed deadlines for submitting REACH authorization applications for the 13 chemicals between August 2014 and February 2015. Also, ECHA added 20 substances to the REACH "Candidate List for Authorization," or list of Substances of Very High Concern. More

Security update: DHS releases 'Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future'
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced the release of the "Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future: The Cybersecurity Strategy for the Homeland Security Enterprise." The announcement is available on the secretary's blog. The Blueprint calls for a coordinated effort across the homeland security community to protect the nation's critical information infrastructure and build a safer and more secure cyber system. More

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Asian growth is good news for chemical distributors
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Growth for global chemical distributors in emerging markets will accelerate as a burgeoning middle class demands goods and technologies that cannot always be supplied locally, according to a new study by Switzerland's DKSH and Germany-headquartered strategy consultants Roland Berger. The study, which also focuses on specialty chemicals, highlights the extra opportunities for distributors that are prepared to move beyond traditional working methods to become providers of Market Expansion Services. More

Global auto sector is in growth mode, will drive chemical and polymers demand
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The automotive sector is a heavy driver of chemical and polymers demand, and prospects for vehicle manufacturing and greater use of these materials are on the upswing. More

OECD highlights information databases on chemical safety
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The OECD has published a list of available directories and databases on chemical safety and biosafety along with a brief summary, to aid users in identifying the correct source for information requirements. More

World chemical outlook for 2012
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Chemical industry executives entered 2011 with the knowledge that it would not be as strong as 2010, a year of brisk rebound from the Great Recession. That turned out to be the case, and now 2012 looks to be even weaker than 2011. Going into 2011, trade association economists anticipated that chemical output growth would be 2.7 percent in the U.S. and 2.5 percent in Europe. In the end, the U.S. chemical industry logged a respectable 3.8 percent expansion, but Europe staggered in at only 2.0 percent growth. The outlook for this year in the two mature economies is not pretty, as companies must confront sluggish local economies, reduced government spending and cooling demand in Asian export markets. More

TransCore: Truckload rates set to rise
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Truckload rates rose less than some carriers expected, but more than shippers wanted in 2011, with spot market rates on average rising 7.4 percent and contract rates climbing an average 6.5 percent, a freight pricing specialist says. Those rates are likely to resume climbing early in 2012, Mark Montague, industry pricing analyst at TransCore Freight Solutions, says. More

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