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Regulatory Compliance Resources: Last chance to register for NACD webinar on OSHA GHS implementation

Please join NACD for a regulatory webinar at 12 noon Eastern time this 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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Legislative Update: Bipartisan bill introduced to clarify EPA enforcement under General Duty Clause
Congressmen Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and Jim Matheson, D-Utah, have introduced a bill designed to provide relief to many industries, including chemical distribution, from EPA's unpredictable application of a statutory provision known as the General Duty Clause. In 1990, the General Duty Clause was included in in the Clean Air Amendments of 1990. Yet despite almost a quarter-century passing, EPA has not issued a regulation defining its interpretation of the provision. Nevertheless, the agency has been enforcing the provision, leaving facility managers with the task of guessing how the provision will be enforced. The bill would correct that by requiring EPA to complete a transparent rulemaking, clarifying the terms of the General Duty Clause before finding any facility in violation of the provision.
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Legislative Update: GOP bill would expand energy production
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Rep. Rob Bishop, R-La., chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee's Public Lands and Environment Regulation subcommittee, introduced legislation to increase energy production significantly in the U.S. with a corresponding increase in high-paying jobs. On the Senate side, the bill, known as the Energy Production and Project Delivery Act of 2013, has 24 Republican co-sponsors.
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Legislative Update: Regulatory overreach bill introduced in Senate
Sen. Paul Rand, R-Ky., introduced the REINS Act, a companion bill to a House bill introduced by Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., earlier this congressional session. The bill, titled "Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny," is intended to address overzealous regulatory decisions by agencies. According to a lengthy analysis by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the cost of regulations now exceeds $1.8 trillion annually. The bill was introduced in both chambers in the last Congress as well, and it passed in the House of Representatives. The issue has been brewing for almost two decades, but has only in the last two Congresses seen renewed effort at making it law. Nevertheless, passing the Republican bill in a Senate solidly controlled by Democrats appears unlikely. The importance of the current legislative push is that it builds momentum for action in a future Congress where the ratio is more favorable to passage.
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Regulatory Update: EPA denies petition to remove acetonitrile from reporting requirements
EPA is denying a petition to remove acetonitrile from the list of chemicals subject to reporting requirements under two laws, section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 (PPA). EPA's primary rationale is that EPA's review of the petition and available information resulted in the conclusion that acetonitrile meets the listing criterion of EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(B) due to its potential to cause death in humans.
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Legislative Update: Obama taps McCarthy for EPA, Moniz for Energy
President Barack Obama nominated current U.S. EPA air chief Gina McCarthy to take over departed agency head Lisa Jackson's job as EPA administrator. She is widely praised for her regulatory knowledge and keen intellect, as well as a straight-shooting official with an open style willing to listen to all sides. Despite this, she is likely to come under scrutiny both because she has a reputation as a very aggressive regulator and because of the fictitious email account used by Jackson (alias Richard Windsor) and other top officials.
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TRI: Chemical distribution maintains lowest average emissions per facility
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its national analysis of the 2011 Toxics Release Inventory. According to the data, the chemical distribution industry had the lowest average emissions per facility of any reporting industry, with an average of 2978 pounds per facility. When narrowed to only NACD members, the average release per facility was 2725 pounds, which is 8 percent lower than nonmembers' average release per facility.
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FMCSA: Hours-of-service rule compliance date will not be delayed
Commercial Carrier Journal
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied the American Trucking Associations' request to postpone the compliance date for hours-of-service rule slated to be implemented July 1. ATA had asked for the compliance date to be pushed to three months after a ruling is made in an ongoing court case between ATA and FMCSA over the rule.
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    Got input on driver training? FMCSA to hold listening sessions at MATS
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    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host a listening session on entry-level driver training at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March. The agency is soliciting ideas and information pertaining to driver training.
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    Federal budget cuts could affect DOD loads, other trucking segments
    Land Line Magazine
    Various federal transportation departments face automatic budget cuts March 1 unless Congress changes or delays its self-imposed deadline known as "sequestration." The spending cuts could trickle down into various aspects of trucking, including Department of Defense, cross-border and air freight.
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    Opinion: Standard forms are risky business
    Transport Topics
    Given the complexity of regulations governing hazardous materials and the potentially severe penalties that could result from mishandling them, logistics providers entering that arena need to adopt specialized requirements, routines or procedures.
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    FMCSA announces MCSAC appointments
    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the appointment of a new chairman, vice chairman and five additional members to its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee.
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    US manufacturing sector grows for 3rd straight month
    The overall U.S. manufacturing sector saw continued growth in February, a respected survey group said, marking the third straight month of expansion amid a surge in new orders for manufactured goods. However, the nation's chemicals industry was one of only three manufacturing sectors to show contraction last month, according to the survey.
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    Fiscal issues will hamper 2013-2014 growth in US GDP
    The U.S. GDP should grow by 2.4 percent in this year and by 3.0 percent in 2014, but the number would be higher if it was not for the fiscal uncertainty surrounding the federal government, according to a forecast released by the National Association for Business Economics.
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    Supply chain challenges shaping future CEOs
    Material Handling & Logistics
    U.S. CEOs are showing less confidence for growth in the next year but are optimistic about the longer-term horizon, according to PwC's 16th Annual Global CEO Survey. Half of the 167 U.S. CEOs responding to the survey have been heading their companies for less than five years — in an operating environment unlike anything seen before. PwC's analysts say these CEOs will pass their experiences on to the next generation of CEOs, shaping a new perspective on the importance of resilient leadership through uncertainty.
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    A molecule today, a barrel tomorrow
    Fuel Fix
    The next great leap in oil production won't come from massive drilling machines that can reach for miles underground, but from scientists working with beakers, blenders and goo. The biggest names in drilling are putting their money on chemistry, focusing on creating new molecules and chemical combinations that can squeeze more oil and gas out of underground rocks.
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