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Regulatory update: OSHA withdraws 300 log MSD column proposal
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it has temporarily withdrawn its proposal to add a separate column to record musculoskeletal disorders to the Form 300 injury and illness log. OSHA issued the proposed rule in Jan. 2010. More

Legislative update: Rail competition bills reintroduced in Senate
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Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., reintroduced the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act. This legislation, S. 49, would eliminate the antitrust exemptions that railroads currently enjoy. These exemptions have reduced competition in the railroad industry, which has caused numerous shippers, including chemical companies, to be held captive to a single railroad that can dictate rates and conditions. More

Legislative update: Senate subcommittee to hold first 112th Congress TSCA hearing
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The Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics, and Environmental Health, chaired by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., will hold the first Toxic Substances Control Act hearing of the 112th Congress, "Assessing the Effectiveness of U.S. Chemical Safety Laws," on Thursday, Feb. 3. More

Regulatory update: PHMSA issues proposed rule to ban wetlines on cargo tanks
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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to ban wetlines on new and existing cargo tanks. The proposal would impact all tank truck trailers transporting Class 3 flammable liquids. More

Regulatory update: FMCSA to hold public listening session on HOS proposed rule
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that it will hold a public listening session on its proposed rule to revise hours-of-service requirements for commercial truck drivers. The session will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 17. In addition, to encourage participation, the entire listening session will be webcast live at More

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FRA approves heavier tank cars
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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a notice allowing rail tank cars carrying hazardous materials (other than TIH materials) to operate with a maximum gross rail load of 286,000 pounds. Last May, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a final rule amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations to allow certain rail tank cars to exceed the existing gross weight limit of 263,000 pounds, subject to FRA approval. The notice issued by FRA provides notice of FRA's approval so no additional approval is required.

Aditya Birla buys Columbian Chemicals for $875 million
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Aditya Birla Group says it has signed a definitive agreement to buy Marietta, Ga.-based Columbian Chemicals Co. for $875 million. Columbian Chemicals is the world's third-largest maker of carbon black behind Cabot Corporation and Evonik Industries. Aditya Birla, controlled by Indian billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla, is the fourth-largest maker of carbon black, used in tires, dyes and paints. Columbian Chemicals operates 11 plants in nine countries, including the U.S., Canada and Brazil in the Americas. More

BTS releases report on US container ports
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The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released "America's Container Ports: Linking Markets at Home and Abroad," an overview of the movement of maritime freight handled by the nation's container ports in 2009 through mid-2010. The report summarizes trends in maritime freight movement since 1995, especially during the last five years. It also covers the impact of the recent U.S. and global economic downturn on container traffic; regional shifts in cargo handled, vessel calls, and port capacity; the rankings of U.S. ports among the world's top ports; and the number of maritime container entries into the United States compared to truck and rail containers. More

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