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Regulatory Resources — NACD to Host Webinar Next Week on Regulatory Resources
Registration is available for next week's webinar, NACD Regulatory Program: A Guide to Compliance Resources and Involvement. The webinar will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, May 8. During the webinar, NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson will discuss and 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. To register for the webinar, click here.
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Regulatory Update — NACD Offers Chemical Safety and Security Recommendations to White House
NACD yesterday joined 15 industry organizations in a letter to President Barack Obama calling for enhancements to chemical facility safety and security. The letter responds to Executive Order (EO) 13650, which directs the federal government to improve coordination with state and local partners; enhance federal agency coordination and information sharing; modernize policies, regulations, and standards; and work with stakeholders to identify best practices.
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Legislative Update — House Hearing on New Draft TSCA Legislation
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing this morning on the newest discussion draft of the "The Chemicals in Commerce Act." This is the same subcommittee that NACD Chairman Roger Harris testified at last month. In his testimony, Harris stressed the uniqueness of distributors in the supply chain and their proper role in information reporting requirements.
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Legislative Update — CFATS Markup Kicks Off NACD Fly-In
On Wednesday, April 30, the same morning the 2014 NACD Washington Fly-In kicks off, the full House Committee on Homeland Security will markup Rep. Pat Meehan's (R-Pa.) bill to authorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards for three years. The bill passed the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, which Rep. Meehan chairs, earlier this month by a unanimous voice vote.
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Regulatory Update — European Chemicals Agency Publishes Brochure to Increase Awareness of REACH, Other Regulations
The European Chemicals Agency is concerned that some smaller companies are not aware of their obligations under the European Union's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, Classification, Labelling and Packaging, and the Biocidal Products Regulations. To help small and medium-sized enterprises understand their duties, ECHA has published a new leaflet, Chemical Safety and Your Business, in 23 EU languages. The agency states, "The leaflet uses simple language to introduce the key concepts of REACH and CLP and offers links for further information." The new leaflet and other guidance on REACH, CLP and the Biocidal Products regulations are available on the SME page on the ECHA website.
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Deadly Texas Explosion Blamed on Regulatory Failures
The Center for Public Integrity
Failures at "all levels of government" contributed to last year's fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, which killed 14 people and injured 226, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board reported April 22. Issuing the board's preliminary findings on the April 17, 2013, accident at West Fertilizer, Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso said the explosion "never should have occurred. It resulted from the failure of a company to take the necessary steps to avert a preventable fire and explosion and from the inability of federal, state and local regulatory agencies to identify a serious hazard and correct it."
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FMCSA, ATRI Dispute Hours of Service Efficacy
The Trucker
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has called an analysis by the American Transportation Research Institute that disputed findings of the FMCSA's field study on the 34-hour restart rule "an attempt to cloud" the facts. ATRI had said earlier that its analysis took issue with several aspects of the agency's field study. ATRI officials said it identified a variety of technical issues related to research design flaws, validity of measurement techniques and interpretations and data conflicts within and across the study.
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CSA: What's Coming Next
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Changes are in the works for the Compliance Safety Accountability program introduced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration nearly four years ago — both from inside and outside the agency. Speaking at the 2014 Zonar Systems user conference as part of a panel discussion, Jack Van Steenburg, FMCSA's assistant administrator and chief safety officer, said the agency's top planned tweak to the CSA program will be to revise the safety fitness determination process for carriers, incorporating roadside inspection data alongside information gleaned from onsite investigations.
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Foxx: DOT to Submit Crude-by-Rail Safety Proposal to OMB Within Week
Bloomberg BNA
The Transportation Department plans to send a comprehensive proposal on the regulation of crude oil and ethanol transport by rail to the White House Office of Management and Budget sometime during the week of April 28, according to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Related story: Rules Could Settle Tank Car Dispute for Oil-by-Rail Sector (Reuters)

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Insurance Minimums on the Rise for Truck Fleets
Today's Trucking
U.S. carriers might soon see a spike in their liability insurance minimum because the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said the current $750,000 minimum is too low. In a report to Congress, the FMCSA said current minimums need to be re-evaluated and that the agency is looking to create a rule to increase those minimums.
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FMCSA Gobbledygook Recognized for Keeping Legal Jargon to Minimum
Land Line
Anyone who has ever read a legal document or even hospital discharge paperwork and scratched their head in confusion will appreciate this one: At the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., a group called The Center for Plain Language gave its award for the most incomprehensible use of the English language to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
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Bridge Repairs at Risk if Highway Trust Fund Runs into Red
Truckinginfo
Another warning about infrastructure funding: 63,000 of the nation's bridges are structurally compromised and at risk of not being repaired unless the Highway Trust Fund is preserved, says the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
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Air Quality Regulators Give Truckers More Time to Meet Smog Standards
Los Angeles Times
A day after hearing hours of impassioned testimony from a divided trucking industry, California air quality regulators on April 25 postponed deadlines for aging heavy-duty trucks to comply with the nation's toughest diesel air pollution rules. The action by the state Air Resources Board will give small fleets, lightly used trucks and those operating in rural areas more time to upgrade to newer, cleaner models or install filters to remove soot from their exhaust.
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Truck Trade with NAFTA Partners Grows
Commercial Carrier Journal
Trade between the U.S. and NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico totaled $89.6 billion in February, and trucks moved $53.6 billion of that, according to numbers released by the Department of Transportation. The amount of goods moved by truck in the month grew 2.6 percent from the same month last year, while overall trade between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico rose 1.3 percent from last February. Trucking and pipeline were the only two modes to see year over year growth.
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Professional Truck Driver Helps Subdue a Wanted Criminal
Truckinginfo
Harry Welker of Broken Arrow, Okla., who is a professional truck driver for Melton Truck Lines Inc., of Tulsa, Okla., has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association. Welker is being recognized for helping to subdue a belligerent man who was involved in a "life and death struggle" with a state trooper.
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