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Regulatory update: FMCSA issues final rules on electronic recorders and unsatisfactory safety ratings
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published two final rules in the Federal Register. The first rule officially rescinds the April 2010 final rule to require interstate commercial truck and bus companies with serious patterns of hours-of-service violations to install electronic onboard recorders in all of their vehicles. The second rule repromulgates in the Code of Federal Regulations a statutory requirement that FMCSA revoke the operating authority registration of a motor carrier for failure to comply with safety fitness requirements. If FMCSA determines that a motor carrier is "unfit" based on its Safety Fitness Determination procedures, under federal law the agency must revoke the carrier's operating authority registration. More

Regulatory update: STB publishes proposed rule on demurrage liability
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The Surface Transportation Board has published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register regarding demurrage liability. Under the proposal, any party that receives rail cars from a rail carrier for loading or unloading and 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. More

Regulatory compliance resources: Workshops available on Process Safety Management Regulations in Massachusetts
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If your company has any blending operations in Massachusetts, you are subject to the new Massachusetts Process Safety Management regulations, which were finalized in February and are being phased in over the next two years. The Massachusetts Chemistry and Technology Alliance is holding a series of workshops on the new requirements. Each workshop will provide an overview of the regulation and its requirements, compare its five compliance categories, and discuss the legal implications of the regulation. More

Regulatory compliance resources: EPA to host webinar on TSCA electronic reporting tool
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On Tuesday, May 22 from 1-3 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will present a webinar on the use of the Toxic Substances Control Act Section 8(d) electronic reporting tool. The reporting tool is part of the Central Data Exchange platform that is also used for Chemical Data Reporting and other requirements. TSCA Section 8 (d), upon EPA rulemaking, requires chemical manufacturers, importers, processors and distributors to submit copies or lists of unpublished health and safety studies on specified chemical substances and mixtures that are in their possession. More

  General Business Interest

Export controls complicate risk for chemical companies
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Violations of export control rules — which have almost no relation to hazmat transport regulations — can have a devastating effect on your company's reputation and the bottom line. The penalties for a single error can involve criminal charges, and civil penalties have been raised to $250,000 per shipment or twice the value of the shipment, whichever is higher. More

How international regulations are changing American supply chains
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Arguments against chemical regulation have been top of mind recently, with Congress holding its first hearings on the Safe Cosmetics Act; the FDA deciding against regulation of bisphenol-A in food packaging; and industry groups, NGOs and politicians continue to bicker over what, if anything, will be done to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). With the European Union's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) in effect and Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) expanding its scope, any company that sells into the EU or has a supply chain that touches any EU country, now has to avoid chemicals deemed toxic by either, and in many cases, both regulations. More

EPA suggests safer alternatives to nonylphenol ethoxylates
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In its final assessment of nonylphenol ethoxylates, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified eight safer alternatives. The NPE alternative assessment was released as part of the EPA's 2010 action plan on nonylphenol and NPEs. The list of alternatives is not intended to be comprehensive. More

FMCSA's VanSteenburg calls for improved fleet safety effort
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Improvements have been made in truck safety, but 4,000 people still lost their lives last year in truck-involved crashes, according to Jack VanSteenburg, chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. "We can do better; we need to do better," he told tank truck fleet managers at the National Tank Truck Carriers 64th Annual Conference in San Francisco. More

Tank fleets continue to outpace trucking industry in general
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Tank truck carriers continue to outperform the rest of the trucking industry, and 2012 should be a another good year for tank fleets, according to the economic reports presented during the National Tank Truck Carriers 64th Annual Conference, May 6-8 in San Francisco. The tank truck industry grew at just under 20 percent during 2011, and the industry is still growing in 2012, though at a somewhat slower pace, according to Bob Costello, American Trucking Associations chief economist. More

Record US chemical exports show Kirby barges now full
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Kirby Corp., the biggest owner of tank barges on U.S. waterways, says its chemical-carrying vessels are running at full capacity as slumping prices for natural gas used to make the products spur record exports. The U.S. shipped $14 billion of chemicals in the first two months, 4.2 percent more than a year earlier and extending the record $86.9 billion sold in 2011, Census Bureau data show. More

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