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Regulatory compliance deadline: EPCRA chemical inventory reports due by March 1
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The deadline for facilities to submit annual chemical inventory (Tier II) reports under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) is March 1, less than three weeks from now. Under EPCRA Section 311, for any hazardous chemical used or stored in the workplace, facilities must maintain a material safety data sheet (MSDS) and submit the MSDSs (or a list of the chemicals) to their State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and local fire department. Under EPCRA Section 312, facilities must also report an annual inventory of these chemicals by March 1 of each year to their SERC, LEPC and local fire department. More

Legislative Update: NACD advances legislative priorities for chemical distribution
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The National Association of Chemical Distributors is pleased to announce its legislative priorities for 2013 in the first session of the 113th Congress. Regulatory overreach, chemical facility security, Toxic Substances Control Act reform and small-business impacts top the list of concerns. More

Regulatory Update: EPA releases chemical data reporting information
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Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the non-confidential Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) information that was reported to the agency last year as required under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The CDR rule requires companies that manufacture or import chemicals to report manufacturing and import data every four years when site-specific production volume exceeds 25,000 pounds. The rule also requires companies to report use and exposure information on the chemicals. More

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Regulatory Resources: DOT to host Hazardous Materials Training Seminar – March 5-6
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will hold a two-day hazardous materials transportation training seminar on March 5-6 in Oklahoma City, Okla. The seminar will begin with a general session to provide a brief introduction and an overview of the DOT Hazardous Materials Program. The remainder of the seminar will consist of concurrent breakout sessions, which are organized and scheduled into three different tracks: Hazmat Basics, Safety and Compliance, and Hazmat Essentials. More

Regulatory Update: Hours-of-service rule compliance delay requested
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Two organizations have recently written to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to request a delay in the July 1, 2013, compliance date of the new hours-of-service (HOS) rule. Specifically, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) have asked that the implementation of the new 34-hour restart and mandatory break provisions be delayed until three months after the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issues its decision on pending litigation on these issues. The Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case in mid-March and will likely announce a decision in May or June. Both ATA and CVSA note that the compliance delay would help to avoid potentially duplicative and unnecessary training for both industry and enforcement and would prevent confusion if the Court decision changes the final rule. NACD will keep members informed about FMCSA's response to the delay request and the Court's decision.

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Regulatory Update: FMCSA posts details for brokers, freight forwarders
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has recently posted information for brokers and freight forwarders to address provisions from the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), the surface transportation bill that was signed into law last summer. These new items were intended to enhance compliance with the consumer protection regulations.

In an effort to provide clarity on some of the provisions, FMCSA has developed three sets of questions and answers to clarify the regulatory requirements for brokers and freight forwarders. These questions and answers address changes in consumer protection requirements that impact registration, financial security, and freight interlining operations. The documents, along with other information on MAP-21, can be found by clicking here.

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  • Regulatory Update: First application for review of NLRB decision filed
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    The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an emergency application for review of the recent decision by the U.S. District Court of Appeals in which three of President Barack Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were held invalid. The application was sought by Paul Clement, former solicitor general, on behalf of his client HealthBridge Management, on the grounds that NLRB decisions were made without a quorum of valid board members and final resolution by the Supreme Court should be expedited. The Obama administration has not yet indicated if it will appeal the case.

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    Special Report: Regulations' impact, surviving tight environment in 2013
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    As part of CCJ's ongoing "On Thin Ice?" series, Part 2 delves into the impact changing regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration could have on trucking — and fleets, specifically — in 2013, as well as surviving in the current economic environment. Part 1 offers commentary from analysts and fleets as to what they see happening in 2013 as far as freight and the economy are concerned. Part 3 will detail what risk factors to watch for in 2013. More

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    CSA subcommittee identifies 3 main issues with program
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    Suspect data quality, crash accountability and the public nature of carriers' Safety Measurement Scores were concluded to be the top three concerns of motor carriers, enforcement officers, brokers/shippers and others involved with CSA at a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advisory committee's CSA Subcommittee meeting this week in Washington, D.C. The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will convene in full in April and will hear the recommendations of the CSA Subcommittee then. More

    Motor carriers make adjustments while CSA is fine-tuned
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    A congressional hearing held last September concluded with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration assuring stakeholders that refinements to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program were underway and that more were scheduled in the near future. And indeed, changes have begun to be implemented. One thing is quite clear upon review of these changes: Management of motor carriers must continue to adapt to the changes going on throughout the transportation industry. More

    Boosting US exports
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    The chemical industry is urging the Obama administration to pursue new free-trade agreements, saying initiatives to open up foreign markets will help U.S. manufacturers capitalize on the dramatic drop in natural gas prices over the past few years. "The U.S. chemical industry is now one of the lowest-cost producers in the world," Calvin M. Dooley, chief executive officer of the trade group American Chemistry Council, noted at a Capitol Hill briefing recently. The briefing marked the release of an ACC report that says the surplus of cheap natural gas recovered from shale formations — rich in the ethane needed for chemical production — has lowered input costs for U.S. producers and spurred demand in international markets for goods derived from chemicals. More

    EPA clarifies comment deadline for work plan chemical assessments
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    Public comments are due by March 15 on the draft risk assessments of five work plan chemicals released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the agency has clarified. The deadline for nominations of expert peer reviewers is February 13. Both dates are later than the original deadlines printed in the Federal Register. More

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    The value of separation for HD distributors
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    In today's competitive environment, many distributors have made it a practice to add services to their products believing they are adding value that customers are willing to pay for. "We continue to add services on top of services to justify margins, but most [of these services] have limited lifespans," said Michael Workman, principal, Michael E. Workman Associates, speaking at the recent Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas. During his hourlong presentation, Workman spoke about the idea of separating products and services as well as a number of other topics impacting today's distributors. More

    On the mend?
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    This time last year it seemed chemical tanker market was stuck in a rut. Overcapacity had decimated rates, and in October, Intertanko's managing director Katharina Stanzel went as far as to say the current level of earnings in the tanker market as a whole was unsustainable and jeopardizing stability. Since then, some chemical tanker companies have commented that they expect an uptick in chemical production to firm the market and lift their fortunes once again. Should we be optimistic? More

    Major US producers of PVC have new price initiative for March
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    Nearly all U.S. producers of polyvinyl chloride have announced new price initiatives for March contracts, as bullish sentiment appeared to be rising, sources said recently. More

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