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Regulatory Resources — Slides and Recording Now Available for NACD Regulatory Resources Webinar
The archived presentation and slides are now available from last week's webinar — NACD Regulatory Program: A Guide to Compliance Resources and Involvement. During the webinar, NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson discussed and demonstrated 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 access the full webinar recording and slides, click here and go to the Regulatory Resources for NACD Members Only link.
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Regulatory Update — NACD Celebrates CFATS Progress with DHS
Yesterday, NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson joined the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Infrastructure Security Compliance Division and other industry stakeholders at a ceremony celebrating the 750th site security plan (SSP) approval under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. Created in 2007 to ensure the security of chemical facilities, the CFATS program requires facilities to prepare and implement site security plans that satisfy risk-based performance standards outlined by DHS regulations.
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Legislative Update — Senate to Hold Hearing on CFATS
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, titled "Charting a Path Forward for the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards Program." The hearing will consist of two panels of witnesses. The Committee will hear from regulatory agency leaders on the first panel, including Suzanne Spaulding and David Wulf of the Department of Homeland Security and Stephen Caldwell of the Government Accountability Office. The second panel will consist of industry representatives as well as a policy specialist from the Congressional Research Service. To watch the hearing on Wednesday, please click here.
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Regulatory Resources — Dates Confirmed for Chemical Security Summit, Registration Available Soon
The 2014 Chemical Security Summit dates and location are now officially confirmed. The summit will take place July 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Sessions will include updates and lessons learned on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, the latest on Executive Order 13650 — Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, international security trends, transportation security, and more. The summit also provides an excellent opportunity to network with Department of Homeland Security officials and industry peers. Click here for more information on the summit. Registration will be available shortly. Please watch future NACD News Brief issues for updates.
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Business Update — NACD Urges Parties to Avoid West Coast Port Strike
Last week, NACD joined 66 other organizations in sending a letter to leaders of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) urging them to make every attempt possible to conclude a new contract agreement for West Coast port workers before the current one expires on June 30. The groups encouraged the parties to remain at the negotiating table until a deal is reached even if the talks extend beyond the current contract expiration.
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Regulatory Update — DOT Issues New Emergency Order on Rail Transportation of Crude Oil
Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an emergency order requiring railroads moving large quantities of Bakken crude oil to disclose what routes they use, how often and how much they are moving, and inform state emergency responders of the shipments. The order is effective immediately, and applies to railroads with trains that carry more than 1 million gallons of Bakken crude, equivalent to about 35 tank cars according to the DOT.
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State Regulatory Update — Compliance Dates Approaching on Obligation to Disclose Supply Chain Policies Under California Law
NACD has received the following update from the Chemical Industry Council of California (CICC), which they received compliments of the California Manufactures & Technology Association (CMTA) regarding legislation that was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010 requiring the disclosure of supply-chain policies to combat human trafficking. The compliance dates are fast approaching, and many companies are either unaware of the issue or many have placed it on the back burner. NACD members may be contacted by the Attorney General with a reminder about compliance obligations. Please read the following, and, if your company is impacted, refer this notice to the person or person(s) in your company who will be responsible for compliance.
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FMCSA Clarifies Roadside Display Rules for AOBRDs
Fleet Owner
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is clarifying the display requirements for automatic onboard recording devices that have electronic displays and is reminding motor carriers and law enforcement officials that the devices are not required to be able to print out a hard copy.
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Annual CVSA, FMCSA Inspection Blitz Set for June 3-5
Overdrive
Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz done by a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, will take place June 3-5, CVSA announced. CVSA says roughly 10,000 inspectors from state, local and federal enforcement agencies will, during the 72-hour period, be stationed at 1,500 inspection points across the U.S. to do roadside inspections of trucks and buses.
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States Churn Out More Trucking Bills
Go By Truck News
While Congress frets over the highway bill and myriad organizations take aim at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, state legislatures are still churning out various bills of note to the trucking industry. Recent activity involves the perennial issue of infrastructure funding, as well as the hot topics of cargo theft and indemnification clauses in shipping contracts. Here's what you need to know.
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EPA Seeks Guidance on Disclosure of Fracking Chemicals, Mixtures
NGI's Shale Daily
The Environmental Protection Agency has launched an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to allow stakeholders and the public to comment about what hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures should be disclosed. The ANPR is seeking input on the "approaches for obtaining this information, including nonregulatory approaches," according to officials.
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Why Congress Can't Fix Our Crazy Chemical Safety System
National Journal
How broken is the nation's chemical safety system? Of the 80,000 or so chemicals currently used in commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency has only tested 200 since Congress gave the agency its marching orders nearly four decades ago. And of the 200 tested chemicals, only five have been banned or regulated. That porous safety net comes courtesy of a law that everyone — from doctors to industry groups, Democrats to Republicans — agrees needs fixing. But despite a bright start on a reform bill and the best of intentions this term, it's taken just 12 months to go from bipartisanship to bickering, and what was once a promising push for chemical safety reform may stall in its tracks.
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EPA: Agency Division Obstructed Investigations, Misconduct Costs Soar
Bloomberg BNA
An obscure division within Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy's office has obstructed investigations systematically, the agency's independent watchdog told a congressional panel. In addition, multiple other instances of employee misconduct have cost the government hundreds of thousands of dollars, two officials from the EPA's Office of Inspector General told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
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California Lawsuit Challenges Chemical Safety Regulations
Cal Watchdog
California's ongoing battle over new regulations has an interesting twist: A chemical company is asking a judge to keep in place an older, tougher standard that's been weakened by state regulators.
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Tightening Capacity Boosts Rates, Pushes Trucking Conditions Index Higher
Commercial Carrier Journal
FTR's monthly Trucking Conditions Index jumped in March by more than a point to a reading of 8.69 on the heels of what FTR says is an "extremely tight capacity" that spurred an increase in rates. FTR says capacity will remain at the current tight level until freight growth slows, which the research firm says is expected in the second quarter, which would relieve some capacity restraints.
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Seeking Solutions to the Driver Shortage
Fleet Owner
As the truck driver shortage becomes a bigger and bigger problem by the day — with one projection estimating the industry will be short 1 million drivers just 10 years hence — many feel that current driver recruiting, hiring and retention processes need to be completely overhauled, if not disposed of entirely.
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Study: Video-Based Safety System Could Cut Fatalities 20 Percent
Truckingnews
If every commercial vehicle over 10,000 pounds were equipped with an in-cab video-based driver safety system, about 800 lives could be saved each year and more than 38,000 injuries prevented, according to a new study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute for Lytx regarding its DriveCam system.
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