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Regulatory victory: FMCSA grants petition to change tank vehicle definition
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has informed industry that they have granted a Petition for Rulemaking to change the definition of tank vehicle to confirm that drivers transporting intermediate bulk containers with an aggregate capacity of 1,000 gallons or more will not be required to obtain a tank endorsement. A May 9, 2011 final rule on commercial driver's license testing changed the definition of tank vehicle in a way that would require drivers carrying IBCs at the 1,000 gallon threshold to have a tank endorsement. In response, NACD and several other organizations formed a coalition to have this decision reversed. More

Regulatory resources: Register today for April 18 NACD product segregation webinar
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The free NACD Webinar, "Product Segregation in the Warehouse – EPA Expectations and Resource Guidance" is now scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 from 2-3:15 p.m. This is the final 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. This misconceived notion can lead to trouble, as EPA increases enforcement under several regulatory programs that establish expectations for segregating chemicals in warehouses. More

Regulatory update: Environmental group calls for use of Clean Air Act to force companies to implement IST
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The environmental organization OMB Watch published a blog post calling for the use of the Clean Air Act to force chemical companies to adopt inherently safer technologies. The post cites a March 14 letter sent from the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson requesting that EPA use its authority under Clean Air Act Section 112(r), to reduce or eliminate catastrophic chemical risks by issuing new rules and guidance to fully implement the General Duty Clause. More

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Regulatory update: EPA issues Significant New Use Rules for 17 chemicals
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On April 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a direct final rule in the Federal Register announcing the issuance of significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act for 17 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices. Two of the chemicals, used for oil recovery, are subject to TSCA consent orders issued by EPA. Five of the chemicals raised possible worker-health concerns, and most of the others raised concerns about aquatic toxicity. The SNURs require persons who intend to manufacture, import or process any of these 17 chemical substances for activities that are designated as significant new uses to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing these activities. More

Regulatory update: Customs announces new electronic system for submitting information on hazardous materials shipments
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that, as of Sept. 29, transporters of hazardous materials will have to use a new electronic system, the Automated Commercial Environment system, to transmit advance information on ocean and rail cargo shipments to customs officials. More

Regulatory update: FMCSA schedules second listening session on electronic onboard recorders
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that it will hold a second public listening session to solicit information, concepts, ideas and comments on electronic onboard recorders and the issue of driver harassment. These listening sessions follow a Feb. 13 FMCSA announcement that the agency will proceed with the rulemaking to require all interstate carriers currently using Records of Duty logbooks to use EORBs to monitor hours of service compliance. The rulemaking was placed on hold after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated a 2010 FMCSA final rule requiring interstate commercial truck and bus companies with serious patterns of hours-of-service violations to install EOBRs in all of their vehicles. More

  General Business Interest

AFPM: Large-scale shale gas extraction having a stimulating effect on US petrochemicals
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The U.S. petrochemicals sector and a broad range of other industries are on the verge of a manufacturing renaissance, the likes of which hasn't been seen in decades, believes AFPM president Charlie Drevna, but only if we play our cards right and if politicians don't stack the deck. More

Natural gas glut means drilling boom must slow
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The U.S. natural gas market is bursting at the seams. So much natural gas is being produced that soon there may be nowhere left to put the country's swelling surplus. After years of explosive growth, natural gas producers are retrenching. More

Trucking puts brakes on hiring
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The pace of hiring in trucking slowed in March, when for-hire carriers increased payroll 3.2 percent year-over-year but lost jobs compared with February, according to preliminary data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Seasonally adjusted trucking employment numbers dropped one tenth of a percent last month from February's peak, when trucking jobs increased 3.7 percent year-over-year, according to an analysis of the Labor Department agency's data. More

House bill would cut excise tax, raise diesel tax
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A bill introduced in Congress would eliminate the excise tax on heavy trucks and trailers and replace that revenue with a higher diesel fuel tax. Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., introduced legislation in the House that would repeal the 12 percent excise tax and raise the fuel tax 6.3 cents. More

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