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Legislative update: 112th Congress convenes
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The 112th Congress convened Jan. 5. This Congress will be different from the previous one, particularly with Republicans now in control of the House of Representatives. There are 94 new representatives and 16 new senators, and many of these individuals are calling for less government spending and involvement in the private sector. With so many new members of Congress concerned about the reach of the federal government, it is unlikely that chemical security or Toxic Substances Control Act reform legislation that imposes massive new requirements on the chemical distribution industry will be enacted this year. More



Regulatory update: NACD signs amicus brief in NLRB case involving union access to workplace
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As a member of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), NACD has signed on to an amicus brief in the National Labor Relations Board case Roundy's Inc. and Milwaukee Building and Construction Trade Council. The NLRB's decision in this matter has a clear impact on the ability of employers to protect customers, clients and employees from interference by non-employee union agents. More

Regulatory update: EPA introduces Web tool with more chemical data
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Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced a new Web-based tool designed to help the public search for and have easy access to health and safety studies on industrial chemicals. As part of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's ongoing efforts to enhance EPA's chemical management program and increase transparency, the chemical data access tool allows users to conduct chemical-specific searches for health and safety studies that have been submitted to the agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). More

PHMSA publishes final rule HM-233B: Special permit procedures
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On Jan. 5, PHMSA published Final Rule HM-233B, revising its procedures for applying for a special permit. The PHMSA's stated goal of these revisions is to have applicants provide more specific information about their operations so that PHMSA may evaluate their fitness with greater accuracy. More


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EPA to require safety testing of 19 widely used chemicals
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The Environmental Protection Agency said recently that new federal rules will require makers or importers of 19 chemicals to test the health and environmental effects of the substances and make the information public. The American Chemistry Council, an industry group, supports the action as an extension of an existing EPA program in which chemical makers have been voluntarily reporting health and environmental effects of heavily used chemicals, said Scott Jenson, a spokesman. More



NHTSA eyes mandatory truck speed limit
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The federal government will consider limiting the speed of all heavy trucks to 68 mph, a proposal some truckers support and others oppose. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said it would start a rulemaking on mandating speed limiters for all heavy commercial trucks. NHTSA will consider whether all trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds should have electronic control modules or ECMs limiting speeds to no more than 68 mph. More

Goldman Sachs raises US chemicals sector to attractive
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Goldman Sachs raised the U.S. chemicals sector to "attractive" from "neutral," citing improved outlook, higher growth prospects and attractive valuation. The sector should see another year of outperformance, mainly driven by continued estimate increases, Goldman said. More

US chemicals to grow on recovery, exports
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Demand for U.S.-made chemicals will likely increase in 2011 as the nation's economy continues to recover and maintains a trade surplus for the second year in a row. As it is, the U.S. chemical industry will likely report a trade surplus of $3.7 billion in 2010, its best performance in 10 years, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). US exports would grow by 9.7 percent in 2011, outpacing the expected 7.8 percent growth in imports, the ACC said. More

US, World Customs Organization to curb dangerous chemical traffic
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The U.S. will work through the World Customs Organization to strengthen international security standards to prevent traffic in chemicals that can be used by terrorists to make bombs, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has said. The U.S. is committed to working with other nations to strengthen global supply chain defenses against terrorists and to build more resilience into the system to assure quick recovery from attacks, Napolitano told shippers, carriers and government officials at a meeting in Brussels. More
 

 

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