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Regulatory update: OSHA GHS rule cleared for release
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The White House Office of Management and Budget has completed its review of the final rule to align the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's hazard communication standard with the U.N. Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This long-awaited rule will revise the criteria for classifying physical and health hazards of chemicals and adopt standardized labeling on safety data sheets. OSHA will now incorporate OMB's comments into a final document that will be published in the Federal Register in coming days or weeks. NACD will inform membership when the final rule is published. Click here for a copy of OMB's document.



Regulatory update: House Homeland Security Subcommittee chairman joins colleagues in expressing concerns on EPA's decision to post RMP data on Internet
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On Feb. 16, Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, 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 late 2011, the EPA sent a notice to NACD and other 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

State regulatory alert: Companies asked to contact CARB on new energy tax
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The Executive Director of the Chemical Industry Council of California has provided the following alert regarding recent actions by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This will be of interest to any company with business in the state of California. More

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Safety groups challenge trucker work rules in court
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Safety groups opposed to longer truck driver hours of service have filed the second court challenge to new federal work rules for truck drivers. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition, and two truck drivers filed a lawsuit seeking judicial review of the regulation. The alliance, led by Advocates and Public Citizen, wanted a 10-hour daily driving limit and sought the elimination of the 34-hour restart provision. The FMCSA revised the 34-hour restart provision but didn't eliminate it and kept the 11-hour driving limit, claiming it didn't have enough evidence to strike it. More

ATA says 'no tanks' to tank truck definition
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Not every truck carrying tanks of liquid or gas should be considered a "tank truck" and regulated in the same way as a bulk tank-trailer, a trucking group says. The American Trucking Associations wants federal truck safety regulators to change a new definition that expands the types of vehicles classified as tank trucks. The ATA asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to amend a definition adopted last May that includes vehicles "patently not tank trucks." More



Policing chemicals in the supply chain
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In 2010 and 2011, businesses were catching on to the fact that policing chemicals in a product supply chain network is the next step in sustainability and stewardship. As such, more strategically oriented companies implemented not just chemical management systems but systems with proven supplier communication automation capacity, standardized data formats and analytics. 2012 should see continued expansion of chemical risk management initiatives and its technology-solution market, with serious acceleration in Q4. More

Experts: BPA under attack, but alternatives may not be safer
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As evidence mounts of the dangers of bisphenol-A, there is a rising urgency to purge the common chemical from consumer products. But does a "BPA-free" label guarantee a safer product? Not necessarily, according to experts, who suggest that while consumers are being misled, regulation continues to go awry. More

Tighten fracking regulations, scientists urge officials
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An influential group of scientists has urged U.S. officials to step up their policing of shale gas operations and to consider stronger regulations to reduce environmental and health risks at the facilities. The scientists called on regulators to revisit, and in many cases beef up, their guidelines to avoid surface spills at shale gas works, and to ensure the safe storage and disposal of toxic fluids used in controversial hydraulic fracturing operations. More



Chemical mergers and acquisitions market in transition in 2012 after a record 2011
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History will show 2011 as being the best year for chemical mergers and acquisitions, in terms of dollar volume. However, looking behind the headline numbers, there is clear evidence pointing to a slowdown in 2012. More

Chemical logistics market is full of Eastern promise
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Although the market for chemical logistics is likely to be depressed in 2012, there is no doubt that medium to long-term prospects are exceptionally strong, although opportunities vary dramatically from region to region. More
 
 

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