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Regulatory update: NACD files comments on PHMSA loading-unloading procedures proposal
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NACD has filed comments with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on proposed rule HM-247 to require persons involved in the loading and unloading of cargo tank motor vehicles to conduct risk assessments and implement specific operating procedures. In the comments, NACD expressed support for the concept of including reasonable standards to address loading and unloading operations in the Hazardous Materials Regulations, but said that the measures included in HM-247 were much too extensive and prescriptive. More

Regulatory update: EPA reminds industry to minimize and report releases during hurricane Season
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 has issued a Hazardous Weather Release Prevention and Reporting alert to remind facility operators of regulations that require minimization of chemical releases during process shutdown operations. According to EPA, the alert is designed to increase awareness among facility operators about their obligation to operate facilities safely and report chemical releases in a timely manner. More

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Preparedness resources: Chemical facility operators invited to participate in DHS teleconference on hurricane preparedness and to register for HSIN
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection will host a teleconference on Monday, June 20 at 1 p.m. EDT to discuss hurricane preparedness for the 2011 season. Owners and operators of all NACD member companies are invited to participate. DHS also encourages facility owners and operators to register/test their connectivity for the Homeland Security Information Network, the primary information sharing vehicle for the chemical sector used extensively during catastrophic events. More

Regulatory update: DOT issues final rule on storage of explosives during transit
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On June 7, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published final rule HM-238 in the Federal Register on the requirements for storage of explosives during transportation. Specifically, in coordination with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, PHMSA is approving the use of the National Fire Protection Association Standard 498 — Standard for Safe Havens and Interchange Lots for Vehicles Transporting Explosives (2010 Edition) for the construction and maintenance of safe havens used for unattended storage of Division 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 explosives. More

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Legislative update: NACD signs letter in support of bill to prevent disclosure of political activity as a condition for bidding on federal contracts
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NACD was part of a multi-industry coalition to sign on a letter to all members of Congress urging support for the "Keeping Politics Out of Federal Contracting Act." This legislation is in response to a draft executive order that President Obama is considering that would require all firms applying for federal contracts to disclose and report on their political contributions as part of contract applications. The order would even cover personal political contributions of the firm's officers and board members. More

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EPA removes confidentiality claims for more than 150 chemicals
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In order to ensure the public has as much information as possible about the health and the environmental impacts of chemicals, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made public the identities of more than 150 chemicals contained in 104 health and safety studies that had been claimed confidential by industry. More

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Formaldehyde, styrene now considered carcinogenic
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Formaldehyde, a chemical widely used in industrial processes, and a family of substances found in some herbal remedies, have been added to the government's official list of known human carcinogens. Six other substances, including styrene, which is used to make coffee cups and food containers among other products, are now considered to be "reasonably anticipated" to be a human carcinogen, according to the Report on Carcinogens, which was released by the National Toxicology Program. More

Shippers, truckers slam driver fatigue studies
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The National Industrial Transportation League is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration not to change the truck driver hours-of-service rules. In new comments filed with the agency, the shipper group challenged the findings of several studies linking longer driving hours, fatigue and driver-caused truck accidents. More

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Truckers seek safety standards
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Two national trucking groups called on the Department of Transportation to begin researching the benefits of crashworthiness standards for heavy trucks. The American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association are interested in standards similar to those developed for cars. Specifically, truck cabs should be strengthened to protect drivers during accidents and prevent them from being ejected from the truck, the ATA and OOIDA said. More

Dow sees shale gas 'renaissance' for US chemicals sector
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New and abundant supplies of shale gas have triggered the largest petrochemical investments seen in North America in a generation, a top Dow Chemical official said recently, and will drive a surge in jobs, domestic business and exports. More


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