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Regulatory Update — EPA Issues Notice on TSCA Chemical Data Reporting
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice to highlight the reporting requirements for the 2016 Chemical Data Reporting. EPA advises manufacturers (including importers) that they need to report production volume information for calendar years 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. The agency notes that while submitters will not report to EPA until 2016, they should start keeping track of their production volumes for these four years. For the 2016 CDR, the principal reporting year will be calendar year 2015. Full manufacturing, processing, and use information will be required only for 2015.
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Legislative Update — Senate Committee Holds Hearing on CFATS
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing last week titled "Charting a Path Forward for the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program." The hearing consisted of two panels of witnesses that included representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as representatives from the private sector. To view a video of last week's hearing, please click here.
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Regulatory Update — PHMSA Proposed Changes Include Fees for Special Permits and Increased Penalties
The Department of Transportation (DOT) submitted the "Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America Act" (the GROW AMERICA Act) to Congress on April 29, 2014. The GROW AMERICA Act includes DOT's policy recommendations for reauthorization of the federal surface transportation program, which is currently set to expire on Sept. 30.
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Regulatory Update — Environmental Justice Organization Issues New Report on Chemical Disasters
Earlier this month, the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance (EJHA), a national coalition of grassroots groups working on toxic chemical exposures that impact communities of color, released a new report along with a two other environmental organizations. The report, "Who's in Danger? A Demographic Analysis of Chemical Disaster Vulnerability Zones," uses data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Census to demonstrate an association between lower average housing values, incomes, and education levels, and greater Black, Latino, and low-income populations living within chemical disaster "vulnerability zones" of 3,433 industrial facilities across the U.S.
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Regulatory Update — President Obama Issues Executive Order on Streamlining Import-Export Processes
In February, the President signed Executive Order 13659, "Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America's Businesses." Specifically, the Executive Order (EO) cuts processing and approval times for small businesses that export goods and services by completing the International Trade Data System (ITDS). Through the ITDS, businesses will electronically submit required data to import or export cargo. The EO mandates the completion of the ITSD by December 2016.
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Regulatory Update — Coalition for Democratic Workplace Partner to Hold Webinar on Decision to Allow Use of Workplace Email to Organize Unions
In a pending case called Purple Communications, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is considering a request by its General Counsel to overrule the 2007 decision known as Register Guard, which upheld the right of employers to prohibit use of their email systems for "non-job-related solicitations," including union solicitations. In response, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) plans to file an amicus brief on behalf of its members, including NACD. To help coordinate this effort, CDW will present a webinar to inform its members of the important issues at stake and to highlight the significant points that will be presented to the NLRB in the CDW amicus brief. Click here to register.
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FMCSA Extends ELD Comment Period Until June 26
Fleet Owner
Parties wishing to comment on the proposed rule on electronic logging devices and supporting documents for hours-of-service compliance have another 30 days to do so. In a notice in the May 16 Federal Register, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration agreed with the request of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to extend the comment period.
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Final Rule Updates Hazardous Materials Safety Permits Language
Federal Register
FMCSA amends its Hazardous Materials Safety Permits rules to update the current incorporation by reference of the "North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria and Level VI Inspection Procedures and Out-of-Service Criteria for Commercial Highway Vehicles Transporting Transuranics and Highway Route Controlled Quantities of Radioactive Materials as defined in 49 CFR Part 173.403." Currently the rules reference the April 1, 2013, edition of the out-of-service criteria and through this final rule, FMCSA incorporates the April 1, 2014, edition.
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Driver Coercion Plan Includes Commercial Regulations
Fleet Owner
Although Congress directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to prohibit carriers, shippers, receivers and transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to violate certain federal safety and hazardous materials regulations the agency's proposed rule also prohibits carriers from coercing drivers to violate certain commercial regulations.
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Impending Food Safety Rules Will Affect Carriers
Truck News
The U.S. is modernizing its food safety regulations, introducing sweeping changes that will include new requirements for trucking companies. The aptly named Food Safety Modernization Act represents the first major overhaul of U.S. food safety regulations since the current rules were written in 1938. The act includes seven major proposed rules, and the most recent of them to be introduced, covering the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food, will have the greatest impact on carriers. The rule concerning transportation was announced Jan. 31 and is open for public comment through May 31.
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ATA Wants More Time for Medical Examiners
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American Trucking Associations asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a six-month delay in the start date for the medical examiner registry. The agency has set May 21 as the deadline for when all driver medical exams have to be done by an examiner who is certified to the new National Registry standards, but ATA and others are concerned there may not be enough certified examiners to handle the work by that date.
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Senate Highway Bill Would Extend MAP-21; Bill Low on Trucking Provisions
Overdrive
Not wanting to mess with success, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee delivered the policy portion of a six-year surface transportation reauthorization last week. Spending on federal-aid highway programs would grow from $38.4 billion in 2015 to $42.6 billion in 2020. Spending for the freight program would grow rapidly, from $400 million in 2015 to $2 billion by 2020.
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Carper Sees Hope for Federal Fuel Tax Hike
Truckinginfo
As Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., sees it, the idea of a fuel tax increase to restore the Highway Trust Fund is not out of the question. Carper's message to his colleagues in the Senate is to look at a wide range of ideas to save the Fund, but among them consider restoring the purchasing power of the fuel tax.
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FMCSA Holds Supply Chain Managers to New Levels of Accountability
Supply Chain Management Review
Mike Regan, chief of Relationship Development for TranzAct Technologies, recently interviewed FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. She shares some valuable insights about the issues FMCSA is addressing.
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CARB Fines for Trucking Companies Total $2.2 Million in 2013
Overdrive
California's Air Resources Board Diesel penalized truck and bus fleets a total of $2,177,813 last year for non-compliance with state diesel risk reduction programs. Other violations included improper verification and certification of diesel particulate filters, incorrect self-inspections for compliance with state smoke emission standards and dispatching non-compliant trucks.
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