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Regulatory Resources — NACD to Host Webinar on Regulatory Resources
Registration is now available for a new webinar, NACD Regulatory Program: A Guide to Compliance Resources and Involvement. The webinar will take place from noon to 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 8. During the webinar, NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson will demonstrate how to use the many compliance resources available to members. Among these tools are the Regulatory Checklist and Resources for Chemical Distributors, NACD News Brief, the archive of webinars covering a wide variety of topics, and the Regulatory Compliance Preferred Providers Program.
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Attention Fly-In Attendees: Last Chance to Register for Fly-In 101 Webinar
For those registered for the Washington Fly-In, join your fellow attendees for a short webinar this Thursday, April 24 from 12 to 1 p.m. EDT to discuss practical information you need to know to prepare for a successful day on the Hill, as well as the important key issues you will discuss in your meetings on April 30 and May 1. This webinar will last approximately one hour, including time for questions. Register now!
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Regulatory Update — EPA to Hold April 24 Webinar on Proposed TRI Form Changes
Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed several changes to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting form and instructions. The EPA is hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT for reporting facilities to learn more about these proposed changes and to provide input.
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Regulatory Update — Chemical Safety a Priority in EPA 4-Year Strategic Plan
Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its fiscal year (FY) 2014 to 2018 Strategic Plan. The plan includes five strategic goals, one of which is ensuring the safety of chemicals and preventing pollution. The other four goals are addressing climate change and improving air quality; protecting America's waters; cleaning up communities and advancing sustainable development; and protecting human health and the environment by enforcing laws and assuring compliance.
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Regulatory Update — PHSMA Invites Comment on Two Pre-Emption Petitions
Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published notices in the Federal Register inviting public comment on two separate pre-emption determination requests filed by the American Trucking Association. The subject of the first pre-emption determination request is a requirement of the New York City Fire Department for a permit to transport certain hazardous materials by motor vehicle through or for transshipment from the city and the fee for the permit. The second request addresses a similar requirement in Pittsburgh for a permit to transport hazardous materials by motor vehicle and the fee to obtain the permit.
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Regulatory Update — STB Publishes Final Rule on Demurrage Liability
Last week, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) published a final rule in the Federal Register confirming that that a person receiving rail cars from a rail carrier for loading or unloading who detains the cars beyond the "free time" provided in the carrier's governing tariff will generally be responsible for paying demurrage, if that person has actual notice, prior to rail car placement, of the demurrage tariff establishing such liability. The STB also clarifies that it construes the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10743, titled "Liability for payment of rates," as applying to carriers' line-haul rates, but not to carriers' charges for demurrage. The final rule will take effect on July 15. For a copy of the final rule, including background information, click here.
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Legislative Update — Key Senator Calls for Swift Action on Highway Funding
Last Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released a status report on the Highway Trust Fund and found that the fund will reach critically low levels as early as July. As of March 28, the Highway Account cash balance was $8.4 billion. Based on current spending and revenue trends, the DOT estimates that the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund will encounter a shortfall before September 30, the end of fiscal year 2014. Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, called the projection, "a wake-up call to Congress." In her statement, she reiterated her call for Congress to act, and avoid another highway funding crisis this summer. NACD members will be meeting with Senator Murray's staff during the annual Washington Fly-In next week.
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Security Resources — DHS Hosting Supply Chain Security Workshops
In an effort to increase resiliency and keep risk management efforts focused on supply chain security, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed a series of supply chain security workshops sponsored by the Critical Manufacturing Sector. Presentations will include information on best practices in global supply chain security, supply chain resilience through optimization, and the recently released White House Executive Order: Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America's Businesses.
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Regulatory Update — U.S. International Trade Commission Report Highlights Barriers Faced by Chemical Exporters to the EU
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) recently issued a report on the standards and other trade barriers in the European Union that disproportionately affect the exports of U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises. The 168-page report, Trade Barriers that U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Perceive as Affecting Exports to the European Union, catalogs trade-related barriers that U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and related industry associations reported as limiting their exports to the European Union (EU).
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Chemical Safety Board Heading to West to Review Its Explosion Probe
The Dallas Morning News
The federal agency that investigates industrial disasters will go to West, Texas, five days after the first anniversary of the fatal fertilizer explosion to discuss its findings to date and mull possible safety improvements. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board's staff and experts will make presentations on "how this incident occurred and how similar future incidents can be prevented or mitigated," it said in a meeting posting. The agency has called the blast — which killed 15 and injured hundreds more — the worst chemical incident it has seen.
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Chemical Industry Fights Railway Policy in Court
Chemical & Engineering News
The chemical industry is asking a U.S. district court to stop Canadian Pacific Railway from continuing its new policy that restricts railcar shipments of chlorine, anhydrous ammonia, and other extremely hazardous chemicals. Last month, CP announced that as of April 14, it would no longer transport toxic inhalation hazard materials — gases or liquids that are known to pose a danger to humans in the event of a release — in an older type of tank car that is prone to rupture in accidents. Those cars, built before 1989, do not contain steel that has been "normalized," a heat-treating process that makes steel less brittle at lower temperatures and less susceptible to fractures.
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New DOT Rules in the Pipeline
GoByTruck News
The U.S. Department of Transportation expects developments for three new trucking related rules in the rest of 2014. The rules deal with driver coercion, a system for identifying carriers that need safety intervention, the use of speed limiters and an increase in minimum insurance coverage for carriers.
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FMCSA Subcommittee to Develop Potential Changes for CSA
Commercial Carrier Journal
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's subcommittee for its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program will meet April 29-30 to develop recommendations for changes to the program, its scoring system and the intervention process. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Federal Highway Administration's National Highway Institute in Arlington, Va., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Each day also will conclude with a public comment period.
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FMCSA Extends Comments on Drug Clearinghouse
Fleet Owner
The public will have more time to comment on the proposed drug and alcohol clearinghouse, although not as much time that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was asked to provide. In a notice posted April 17 at the Office of the Federal Register, FMCSA granted a 30-day extension to the original comment deadline, allowing comments to be filed until May 21.
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FMCSA Shutdown Order Tossed in Court, Fleet Allowed to Resume Work
Commercial Carrier Journal
A Department of Transportation judge has tossed out a shutdown order issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, allowing the Illinois-based DND International to resume its operations. DND is the carrier of the driver who allegedly was on duty between 26 and 35 hours straight before crashing into two stationary vehicles that were fully illuminated on Jan. 27, killing an Illinois tollway worker and injuring a state trooper.
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Significant Upgrade Planned for Canadian Border Crossing
Today's Trucking
The Canadian federal government announced plans to invest $17.7 million to build a full-processing facility and supporting infrastructure for commercial vehicles at the Aldergrove border crossing. The expanded facility, projected for completion in early 2016, is expected to improve efficiency for the trucking industry and provide stability and access for companies looking to grow and establish their operations in the Aldergrove area.
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Green, Safe and Connected Trucks to Find Widespread Acceptance
Truckinginfo
The improved economic environment in developing and developed economies is restoring business confidence and pushing up the global sales volumes of medium-heavy duty trucks, according to a new report. Truck buyers are particularly looking for medium-heavy duty trucks with advanced telematics solutions, "green" powertrain technologies, and safety enhancement technologies, such as stability control systems, said the consulting firm Frost & Sullivan in its recent "Overview of the Global Medium-Heavy Duty Truck Market in 2014."
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