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Regulatory resources: Must attend webinar, "Product Segregation in the Warehouse – EPA Expectations and Resource Guidance"
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Registration is now available for the free NACD Webinar: Product Segregation in the Warehouse – EPA Expectations and Resource Guidance. This webinar, to take place from 2 – 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, is the last in the NACD series on key Environmental Protection Agency enforcement issues. It is a common misconception that the EPA lacks authority over storage and segregation of chemicals in warehouses. More

Legislative update: Second time around; DHS back on Capitol Hill over CFATS program problems
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Rand Beers, undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, and Penny J. Anderson, DHS director with responsibility over the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards program, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies on Tuesday, March 6. This follows a similar hearing held by the Energy and Commerce Environment and the Economy Subcommittee in February. Beers and Anderson again addressed concerns in response to an internal DHS report detailing CFATS program problems that was leaked and reported on by Fox News in late 2011. More

Regulatory update: EPA announces chemical work plans
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics previously announced a work plan for 83 chemicals for review under the Toxic Substances Control Act. These chemicals will be subject to risk assessments over the next several years. EPA has selected seven chemicals or groups of chemicals for assessments in 2012. More

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Regulatory update: EPA proposes mandatory electronic filing for TRI reports
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On March 5, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to require facilities to file Toxics Release Inventory reports electronically. Under the proposal, as of Jan. 1, 2013, facilities must report non-confidential TRI data to EPA using electronic software provided by the agency. Comments are due to EPA by May 4, 2012. More

Regulatory update: Court upholds employee rights poster, with a catch about unfair labor practice evidence
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On Friday, March 2 the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C. issued a decision on the challenge to the National Labor Relations Board notice postings rule in the case brought against the NLRB by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. NACD is a member of the CDW. The decision upheld the NLRB requirement that businesses must post the notice by April 30, informing employees of their rights to form labor unions, but imposed some procedural limits on the NLRB's authority to penalize employers for not doing so. More

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US and Canada working together on GHS alignment
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The U.S. and Canada are working together in an effort to ensure consistent implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of classification and labeling of chemicals. Maureen Ruskin, director of the Office of Chemical Hazards at the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, said that the U.S. and Canada had formed a regulatory coordination council and GHS implementation had been included in the current work plan. More

Tests show 'safer' products often contain harmful chemicals
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Consumer products such as shampoos and sunscreens, even ones touted as safer, may contain potentially harmful chemicals not listed on their labels, according to a study out today that tested dozens of them. More

Trucking hiring rose 3.7 percent in February
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The trucking industry increased hiring 3.7 percent year-over-year in February, a slower pace than in January, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Trucking employers increased hiring 4.1 percent in January from a year ago, and 3.7 percent year-over-year in December, according to seasonally adjusted data. The trend in the BLS payroll numbers reflects a trucking industry that spent 2011 trying to rebuild a work force decimated during the recession. Truck drivers, in particular, have been difficult to hire, according to motor carriers. That puts a limit on how quickly carriers can add capacity as demand rises. More

Intermodal volume on US railroads climbs 6 percent
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Intermodal volume hauled by major U.S. railroads rose 6 percent year-over-year in the week ending March 3, pushing intermodal traffic to the third highest ever in February, according to the Association of American Railroads. "Intermodal traffic was up for the 27th straight month, while carloads of a wide range of commodities — lumber, chemicals, petroleum, paper, steel and more — saw increases in February," said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray. More

Chemical mergers and acquisitions fundamentals intact for strong 2012
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Although the red-hot chemical mergers and acquisitions market has cooled off since the first half of 2011, conditions appear ripe for a strong level of deal activity in 2012. More assets hitting the selling block could tempt buyers into another flurry of acquisitions as companies chase growth. More

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