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Regulatory update: NACD letter on chemical security published in The New York Times
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NACD is pleased to announce that on Thursday, May 31, the New York Times published a letter to the editor from NACD President Chris Jahn. Jahn submitted the letter in response to a May 23 editorial, "The Danger Downwind," that called on President Obama to direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Air Act General Duty Clause to mandate chemical companies to adopt inherently safer technologies. More

Regulatory compliance resources: Registration now open for Chemical Security Summit
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Registration is open for the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit, which will take place July 31-Aug. 1 at the Baltimore Convention Center. If you would like to attend, please register right away by clicking here and filling out the online form. Space for the summit is limited and high interest is expected again this year. More

Regulatory update: DOT proposes amendments to Hazardous Materials Regulations
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On May 24, the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations in response to several petitions for rulemaking. Among other changes, PHMSA is proposing to amend the recordkeeping and package marking requirements for third-party labs and manufacturers to assure the traceability of packaging; clarify an acceptable range in specifications for resins used in the manufacture of plastic drums and intermediate bulk containers; and harmonize internationally and provide a limited quantity exception for Division 4.1, self-reactive solids and self-reactive liquids Types B through F. PHMSA will accept comments on the proposed changes until July 23. More

Regulatory resources: DOT publishes 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook
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The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released the 2012 version of its Emergency Response Guidebook, providing first responders with the latest go-to manual to help deal with hazardous materials incidents during the critical first 30 minutes. The ERG contains an indexed list of dangerous goods and associated identification numbers, the general hazards they pose, and recommended safety precautions. More

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PHMSA will not change rules on combustibles
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PHMSA has withdrawn its ANPRM soliciting comments on a proposal to harmonize the U.S. rules on the transport of combustible liquids with the UN recommendations. It has also denied three petitions on the subject and will, therefore, retain the U.S.-specific status quo. More

FMCSA extends comment time on proposed Safety Measurement System improvements
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a 60-day extension of the time that motor carriers have to comment on proposed improvements to the agency's proposed Safety Measurement System. The comment period now runs through July 30. During the extension, FMCSA will conduct further outreach to carriers to encourage them to review how proposed enhancements will affect their SMS score and take action to correct potential safety problems before the changes are implemented. More

CSA saga takes unusual twist as industry attacks FMCSA's 'guidance' on safety measurement data
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The ongoing battle between the federal government and motor carriers, brokers, and their customers over the government's controversial "Compliance, Safety, and Accountability 2010" truck-safety rating program has taken an unusual turn after FMCSA posted a slide presentation on its website that has generated controversy. More

EPA announces 18 additional chemicals for risk assessment
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On June 1, EPA identified an additional 18 of the Work Plan chemicals for assessment during 2013 and 2014. EPA identified these chemicals at this time for a variety of reasons, similar to those it used to identify the seven Work Plan chemicals to assess in 2012. The 18 chemicals span the range of the Work Plan screening criteria, including some chemicals associated with specific hazards such as potential carcinogenicity or reproductive or developmental toxicity; chemicals presenting persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic potential; and chemicals found in biomonitoring or reported in consumer products. More

Transport industries gained most jobs in May
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Transportation and warehousing added 36,000 jobs in May, the largest gain of any industry in a month when only 69,000 jobs were added to non-farm payrolls, according to monthly employment data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More

The pain in Spain hits the global chemical market
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Once again Europe's troubles are dominating market sentiment. On top of concerns about Greece's potential exit from the eurozone, now the precarious position of Spain's banks is coming to the fore. This only means tougher times for the global chemical sector as it battles already weak downstream demand. More

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