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Regulatory update: NACD submits comments on FMCSA's hours of service proposed rule
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NACD has filed comments expressing grave concerns about the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's December 29, 2010, proposed rule on hours of service of drivers. In the comments, NACD Vice President of Government Affairs Jennifer Gibson wrote, "If enacted, the proposal would disrupt commerce and the supply chain and reduce flexibility during a time when the economy is struggling and there is a shortage of drivers...Existing safety and health data fail to make the case that changes are needed to the current hours of service rules. The proposed rule would disrupt operations and would be costly for businesses and the entire economy." More

Legislative update: Bills to extend chemical security regulations introduced in Senate and House
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Four bills have been introduced to reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). The early bipartisan introduction of these chemical security bills is good news for the chemical industry. NACD has been a long-time supporter of legislation to extend the current CFATS program without making major changes to it, such as mandating the consideration and use of inherently safer technologies. More

Legislative update: Senate Judiciary Committee approves rail antitrust bill
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The Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 49, the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act, by a vote of 14-1. This legislation would eliminate the antitrust exemptions that railroads currently enjoy. These exemptions have reduced competition in the railroad industry, which has caused numerous shippers, including many chemical distributors, to be held captive to a single railroad, which is able to dictate rates and conditions. Although S. 49 received such early, bipartisan support from the Senate Judiciary Committee, passage by the full Senate and House will be a challenge to achieve. More

Regulatory update: PHMSA issues final rule establishing enhanced inspection authority procedures
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The Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has published a final rule in the Federal Register to establish procedures for agency inspectors to open packages to identify undeclared or non-compliant shipments, to temporarily detain and inspect suspicious packages, and to issue emergency orders to address unsafe conditions they believe may pose an "imminent hazard." The rule will take effect on May 2. More

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Hotel deadline approaching for Responsible Distribution Workshop — act now!
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Are you attending or considering attending the April 4-5 Responsible Distribution Workshop in Pittsburgh? If so, make sure to secure your hotel reservations by this Friday, March 11, to receive our discounted room block rate of $119 per night. More

Western Region meeting (April 13-16) delivers business value; register today
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Register for the 2011 NACD Western Region Meeting on April 13-16, with pre-event activities on April 12. The meeting will be held at the Marriott Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii. This year's program will focus on several topics, including: crisis management; financial management – both personal (annuities focused) and business (proactive credit risk management techniques); maximizing customer profitability; and the always-important updates on NACD programs and legislative/regulatory activity on the federal and the state level. More

Register today to join CEF and NACD at the Vanguard Dinner and Washington Fly-In, May 2-4
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CEF has named Gregory S. Babe, president and chief executive officer of Bayer Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience LLC, as the 2011 Vanguard Award winner for his outstanding efforts on behalf of science education. Babe will be honored at the May 2 Vanguard Award Dinner & Ceremony at the Westin City Center in Washington, D.C. The event kicks off the National Association of Chemical Distributors' Washington Fly-In and will be attended by members of the chemical distribution and manufacturing industries, as well as members of allied organizations and science education partners. More

  General Business Interest

Members of Congress blast HOS proposal
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Nearly 150 members of Congress urged the Obama administration to drop its proposed hours-of-service rule and keep the current work rules for truck drivers. "The rules currently in place are working well and do not need to be changed," 122 U.S. representatives wrote to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The House members were joined by 23 senators who argued that shorter hours of service would put more trucks on the road and raise final product costs. More

Scientists call for 'swifter and sounder' testing of chemicals
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Scientific societies representing 40,000 researchers and clinicians are asking that federal regulators tap a broader range of expertise when evaluating the risks of chemicals to which Americans are being increasingly exposed. More

Trucking leads transport hiring in February
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Trucking hired 11,000 workers in February, accounting for half of a monthly gain in transportation and warehousing jobs, according to federal employment statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported transportation employment increased by 22,000 in February, while total non-farm payroll employment rose by 192,000. More

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