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Legislative update: Senator Collins addresses NACD members during Fly-In
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NACD members and affiliates recently gathered in Washington D.C. for the annual Fly-In to Capitol Hill. With 220 collective visits to House and Senate offices on May 17, the attendees got an early start to the day hearing a formal address by Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, ranking Republican member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Senator Collins thanked the industry for its efforts in producing growth in revenue and jobs during these tough economic times. She reviewed background on legislation she introduced, which was the basis for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. She also illustrated current discussions around its re-authorization. More



Legal victory: Court strikes down NLRB ambush election rule
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Citing the lack of a quorum, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the National Labor Relations Board's "ambush election" rule. This rule, which took effect on April 30, amended union election procedures to substantially reduce the time between an announcement of an election to form a union in a workplace and the actual vote. NACD and others were concerned that this would have denied businesses ample opportunity to respond to union organizers. In striking down the rule, the court said that only two members of the NLRB had participated in the decision to adopt the final rule, which was inadequate. More

Legislative update: Senate leader calls for TSCA reform
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Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin, D-Ill., has called for enactment of the Safe Chemicals Act, legislation to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act by requiring chemical companies to submit minimum data sets for each substance, directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make safety determinations on chemicals, and making information on chemicals more available to the public. Durbin's call for the legislation follows recent articles in the Chicago Tribune about the widespread use of flame retardants and potential health hazards of these substances. More

Regulatory update: Federal government proposes rules to include fracking chemical disclosure
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On May 11, the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands. The rule would require public disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, strengthen regulations related to well-bore integrity, and address issues related to flowback water. More

Regulatory update: White House issues new executive order on regulatory review
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On May 10, the White House issued a new regulatory reform executive order. This new EO No. 13610, Identifying and Reducing Regulatory Burdens, makes it a continuing obligation for federal agencies to review rules to assess their continued need and utility. The EO directs agencies to seek public comment on rules requiring review and requires them to provide the public with regular reports on their past efforts and future plans, with details and deadlines. More


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Industry supports NHTSA proposal calling for ECS on Class 8 trucks
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National Tank Truck Carriers was among the groups voicing support for the newly announced National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposal that would require electronic vehicle stability control systems on new Class 8 tractors. The association and its members have been calling for such a mandate for the past four years. More



US Coast Guard issues acid box alert
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The U.S. Coast Guard has issued an alert concerning leaking containers loaded with hydrochloric acid. The U.K. P&I Club reports that there have been many recent incidents in inland transport in the U.S. involving such containers, including one that necessitated the evacuation of a town in Colorado. More

FMCSA shuts down Alabama trucking company
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Federal regulators shut down an Alabama-based trucking company after finding the carrier violated rules regarding hours-of-service rules, driver qualifications and vehicle maintenance. BM&L Trucking and affiliated company IDM Transportation is the fourth motor carrier the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has shut down in the last four months for safety violations. More

Eurozone threatens US economic recovery
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As the U.S. economy struggles to rise from its recession knockdown, it could suffer another series of blows from the growing eurozone crisis. But, recent data and surveys suggest that things could get better in coming months. A key outlook issued by the Institute for Supply Management predicts that the U.S. economy will expand through the rest of this year. More

Consumer technology transforming trucking
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Converging consumer and business technologies are changing the way motor carriers connect with truck drivers and customers at an increasingly rapid pace. Wireless mobile devices designed for consumers such as smart phones are being adapted in the workplace and they're changing the design of "industrial" products. Rising operating costs and government mandates are also spurring deployment of technology, said speakers at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit. More
 
 

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