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Legislative action needed: Make plans to attend the 2011 Washington Fly-In May 3-4
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The 2011 NACD Washington Fly-In will take place on May 3-4 and now is the time to make your plans to attend. With 16 new senators and 96 new House members in the 112th Congress, your participation is more important than ever. Members of Congress need to hear from you, their constituents and business leaders in their communities on how proposals on Toxic Substances Control Act reform, chemical security, and other issues will impact your operations and continued ability to provide good jobs. More



Legislative update: NACD signs letter asking for hearings on HOS rules
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NACD and 36 other organizations sent a letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership requesting that the committee hold a hearing on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposed new hours of service regulations. These proposed rules, which FMCSA issued in response to a court order, would further restrict the amount of time that drivers can be on duty and drive. More

Regulatory update: Obama orders review of US regulations
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President Obama has issued an executive order telling federal agencies to create plans in the next four months to review regulations already on the books and to develop science-based rules that promote "economic growth, innovation, competitiveness and job creation." The president said he wants rules that are cost-justified, designed through a transparent regulatory process and coordinated among federal agencies to avoid presenting business with conflicting standards. More

Regulatory update: OSHA withdraws proposal on noise
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced the withdrawal of its proposed "Interpretation of OSHA's Provisions for Feasible Administrative or Engineering Controls of Occupational Noise." This interpretation, published in the Oct. 19, 2010 issue of the Federal Register, would have revised noise protection standards to require employers to use administrative and engineering controls rather than only personal protective equipment to reduce noise exposures. More

Regulatory update: PHMSA amends Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with international standards
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PHMSA is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with international standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport limited quantities and vessel stowage requirements. More




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Chemical regulation: TSCA reform takes a backseat
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An overhaul of the federal law that governs commercial chemicals is not at the top of the congressional agenda in 2011. However, this issue is expected to crop up later in the year, industry representatives say. More

UP expects more intermodal from truckers
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Trucking companies are telling Union Pacific Railroad they want to push a greater share of their freight onto trains for long-haul transport, says James R. Young, UP's chairman, president and CEO. He said rising diesel prices will help push more freight to trains in the year ahead, given the expected rise in highway fuel costs. UP marketing chief, Executive Vice President Jack Koraleski, said UP and the intermodal industry can also benefit from tightening safety standards in the trucking industry that could drive up to 400,000 drivers out of the industry. More

States to tackle chemical safety issues
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Legislators in 30 states say they will announce bills to protect children and families from harmful chemicals in household products. Bills to be considered include bans on Bisphenol A, or BPA, and dangerous flame retardants in consumer products, requirements about chemicals used in manufacturing products intended for children and resolutions calling on Congress to overhaul the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. Health advocates say the states' efforts are a response to congressional inaction on chemical safety. More



US safety board: Bayer probe shows need for local chemical watchdogs
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State and local government agencies should take a more active role in monitoring chemical plant operations, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said recently. In its final report on an investigation into the August 2008 explosion at Bayer CropScience's Institute plant in West Virginia, the CSB noted that local programs would "go a long way to making chemical operations safer." Rafael Moure-Eraso, chairman of the CSB, said, "OSHA and EPA have limited resources and cannot be everywhere at once. However, local jurisdictions can put together highly effective and targeted inspection and enforcement programs, funded by levies on the plants themselves." More
 
 

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