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Regulatory Compliance Resources: Register today for NACD webinar on OSHA GHS implementation
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Please join NACD for a regulatory webinar at 12 noon Eastern time Thursday, March 7, to learn what steps your company must take to meet the implementation deadlines for the new rule to align the Hazard Communication Standard with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. During the March 7 webinar, Emily Walter, Regulatory Specialist for ICC Compliance Center, will review the upcoming GHS deadlines and provide information on what your company must do to meet these deadlines. The webinar will also address relationships and conflicts between the new GHS system and other regulations and agencies including U.S. Department of Transportation labeling, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reporting, and Consumer Product Safety Commission rules and requirements.
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Regulatory Compliance Deadline Reminder: EPCRA reports due Friday
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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 is this Friday, March 1. Under EPCRA Section 311, for any hazardous chemical used or stored in the workplace, facilities must maintain a material safety data sheet and submit the MSDSs (or a list of the chemicals) to their State Emergency Response Commission, Local Emergency Planning Committee 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. Failure to file chemical inventory reports is a common violation for which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been increasingly imposing penalties on facilities.
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Regulatory Compliance Update: NACD explores CFATS alternative security plan for chemical distributors with DHS; your input needed
NACD
NACD staff has recently begun discussions with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding the development of an Alternative Security Plan for chemical distribution. The goal is for companies to be able to use this ASP in lieu of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Site Security Plan. A chemical distribution ASP would ideally streamline the process for NACD members and allow them to get credit for what they are already doing under Responsible Distribution in their Security Plans. Unlike the current CFATS SSP, it would also result in a real security document for both facilities and DHS to use.
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Legislative Update: Senators ask EPA to address flame retardants in household products
Twenty–three senators, led by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., have sent a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe asking him to review flame retardants still in commerce for household products and that are not slated for phase-out. With many flame retardants already phased out, many new replacement chemicals are now being used that the senators are concerned could present a hazard to public health. The senators did not delineate which chemicals they wanted to review, but used the letter to highlight studies raising concerns and bring more general attention to the issue. An aide said the senators would defer to agency expertise as to which flame retardants should be studied. This letter is the latest in a stepped-up campaign to raise public concern with the use of chemicals, particularly in products present in the home. The letter to EPA from 23 senators is available at www.lautenberg.senate.gov/assets/EPA-Flame-Retardant.pdf.
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Regulatory Update: EPA Proposes 37 new use rules under TSCA
Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed significant new use rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act for 37 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices. Seventeen of these chemical substances are subject to TSCA section 5(e) consent orders issued by EPA. The SNURs would require persons who intend to manufacture, import, or process any of these 37 chemical substances for any activity that is designated as a significant new use by the proposed rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification would provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs. Most of the SNURs are intended to protect workers from health problems of concern to EPA. The remainder are designed to address environmental concerns. To review the SNURs, including the list of chemicals, click here. Comments must be received on or before April 26, 2013.
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Regulatory Update: President issues executive order on cybersecurity
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama issued an executive order to increase information sharing between the federal government and U.S. companies regarding potential cyberattacks and to lay the groundwork for a U.S. cybersecurity framework. The executive order directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop and finalize within one year a cybersecurity framework that will help federal agencies evaluate existing cybersecurity programs in collaboration with industry groups. To access the executive order, click here. Congress is expected to consider cybersecurity legislation in the coming months, and several bills have already been introduced. To date, it has been difficult for Congress to enact cybersecurity legislation because of concern of creating duplicative and burdensome new regulations.
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Regulatory Update: House group launches "Small Biz Reg Watch"
The House Small Business Committee recently launched "Small Biz Reg Watch," a new initiative to help small businesses participate in the development of federal regulations. This new online resource highlights proposed regulations that could impact small companies and instructs business owners on how they can make comments to the federal agency considering the proposed regulation. The committee will regularly communicate with small businesses via email, social media, and through district events around the nation when new comment periods begin for select proposed rules that impact a wide array of small businesses.
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    Regulatory Compliance Deadline: New FMLA required by March 8
    Because of changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act, covered employers are required to display a revised poster by March 8. All covered employers, which are generally those with 50 or more employees, are required to display a poster summarizing major FMLA provisions and telling employees how to file a complaint. The FMLA was amended in 2009, and the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division updated the poster recently in conjunction with regulations implementing these changes, which take effect March 8. The new poster reflects changes made by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 and the final rules, published in the Federal Register Feb. 6, which included a broadened definition of veteran to include a veteran discharged within the past five years. The revised poster also notes that the FMLA definitions of "serious injury or illness" for current service members and veterans are distinct from the FMLA definition of "serious health condition." In addition, it includes a statement about special hours of service eligibility requirements applying to flight crew members. To view the revised poster, please click here.
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    Hours of service rule: Bearing down
    DC Velocity
    With four months to go until DOT enforces the "Hours of Service" rule, the experts' advice to the supply chain is prepare to comply — or prepare to park it.
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    Tug of war: The shipper-carrier relationship
    Cargo Business News
    Go to any freight sector gathering, and you'll find the talk about shipper-carrier partnerships flows thick. Indeed, many exporters, importers and shipping lines work extremely hard at helping each other prosper. But some don't.
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    PHMSA will host free hazmat training seminar
    Bulk Transporter
    As part of an ongoing initiative to offer free transportation safety training to the public, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announces its March 5-6 Multimodal Hazmat Transportation Training Seminar to be held in Oklahoma City. This training is a must for any emergency first responder or shipper and carrier of hazardous materials, according to PHMSA officials.
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    The 5 most overlooked tax deductions for owner-operators
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    New year, new taxes. That's what many drivers are thinking after the latest round of tax increases. Dubbed by some as "Taxmageddon," a $494 billion tax increase will be felt by most Americans this year. While you can't legally dodge taxes, you can trim them. The options for doing so may have even been under your nose your entire trucking career. Let's take a look at the five most overlooked tax deductions for drivers.
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    FMCSA sets Oct. 1 deadline for increased broker bonds
    Land Line
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set the deadline to comply with the new broker bond requirement of $75,000 for Oct. 1. The deadline was announced in a recently released list of frequently asked questions pertaining to the mandated changes in broker and freight forwarder requirements enacted with the passage of the new highway funding law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21.
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    Unified Registration System nearing publication
    Truckinginfo
    The Unified Registration System, which will reform the way the federal government keeps track of motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders, is in the final stage of the rulemaking process. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sent the final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review in February. OMB typically takes three months or so to vet agency rules, although the process could be extended if changes are required.
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    Gulf oil spill trial begins with billions of dollars at stake
    Fuel Fix
    The failure to properly observe the flow of gas inside an undersea well that later blew out and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history was a "gross and extreme departure" from normal procedures that led to the 2010 disaster, a lawyer for plaintiffs suing British oil giant BP said as a civil trial began Monday.
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