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Regulatory resources: NACD webinar on Clean Air Act General Duty Clause is next week — register now
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On Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. EST, NACD will host a free webinar, "The Clean Air Act Section 112(r) General Duty Clause – What You Need to Know." The General Duty Clause under Section 112 (r)(1) expands the range of activities the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is authorized to undertake to assure chemical safety, often in ways not fully understood by regulated entities. To ensure that you know what is expected under the GDC before EPA auditors knock on your door, sign up today for this important webinar. More

Regulatory update: Congressional leaders ask EPA to reverse decision to post RMP data on Internet
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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus, R-Ill., recently sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson expressing concern over the agency's recent decision to re-establish Internet access to certain Risk Management Plan information submitted by chemical facilities. In December, the EPA sent a notice to interested parties that beginning in July 2012, the agency would again make non-Offsite Consequence Analysis sections of the RMP database available on the agency website. More

Regulatory update: FMCSA announces plans to proceed with EOBR rulemaking
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On Feb. 13, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the agency's intent to proceed with the Electronic Onboard Recorders and Hours of Service Supporting Documents rulemaking. This rule, as proposed in 2011, would require all interstate carriers currently using Records of Duty logbooks to use electronic onboard recorders to monitor hours of service compliance. The rulemaking was placed on hold after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit vacated a 2010 FMCSA final rule requiring interstate commercial truck and bus companies with serious patterns of hours-of-service violations to install EOBRs in all of their vehicles. More

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Regulatory update: ATA files paperwork to challenge new hours of service rule
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The American Trucking Associations has filed paperwork with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to initiate a legal challenge to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours-of-Service final rule published in late December 2011. The lawsuit will focus on the new restart provision, which allows drivers to restart the clock on their work week by taking at least 34 consecutive hours off-duty. Drivers may use this restart provision only once during a seven-day period. More

Regulatory update: Obama budget calls for more resources for EPA chemical management programs, new fees for DOT special permits
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The proposed fiscal year 2013 Federal Budget released by the Obama administration includes several provisions that would directly impact the chemical distribution industry. More

Regulatory update: ECHA publishes inventory of 3 million chemicals sold in EU
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On Feb. 13, the European Chemicals Agency published an inventory of more than three million substance classification notifications, triggering a requirement for companies to "make every effort" to harmonize the classification and labeling of chemicals sold in the EU. Publication of the inventory provides an overview of the chemicals sector in the EU, describing the substances that are sold and giving the number of companies selling them. Companies selling chemicals in the EU that have not submitted notifications to ECHA for inclusion in the inventory are in breach of the CLP Regulation. More

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Fleets looking at technology-based cellphone compliance
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The number of commercial fleet operators that have adopted written policies pertaining to employee use of cellphones while driving on-the-job has increased 31 percent in the past nine months, up from 62 percent in May 2011 to 81 percent in February 2012, according to a new survey of 570 fleet managers conducted by ZoomSafer. Furthermore, the survey finds that the number of companies claiming to enforce their established cellphone use policies increased 70 percent in the past nine months, from 53 percent in May 2011 to 90 percent in February 2012. This increase clearly suggests that commercial fleet operators are reacting to the FMCSA's new rule prohibiting an estimated 4,000,000 interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held mobile phones while driving. More

Natural gas boom energizing the chemical industry
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U.S. chemical companies are the latest beneficiaries of the nation's natural gas drilling boom. Long focused on cheap gas sources elsewhere in the world, companies are now looking to expand here. A surplus of natural gas has pushed down prices, making it more attractive for chemical companies that use lots of gas to reopen shuttered plants and build new ones. More

EPA updates science assessment for dioxins
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its non-cancer science assessment for dioxins, which was last reviewed in the 1980s. Dioxins are toxic chemicals that naturally exist in the environment and can be released into the environment through forest fires, backyard burning of trash, certain industrial activities and residue from past commercial burning of waste. More

BPA's obesity and diabetes link strengthened by new study
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The modern lifestyle of super-sized French fries and couch potatoes often takes the blame for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes in the U.S. — perhaps rightly so. But growing evidence suggests another factor in the dual epidemics: Modern chemicals. More

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