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Legislative update: Chemical security legislation continues to advance
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The House Homeland Security Committee recently approved H.R. 901, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Security Authorization Act, by a 26-5 vote. H.R. 901 would extend the authority of the Department of Homeland Security to regulate chemical facilities through Sept. 30, 2018. During the mark-up, the committee agreed to amendments to allow for alternative background check procedures, to require DHS to notify facilities on the status of their site security plans within 180 days, to establish a technical assistance program for small businesses, and to require a report on the impact that CFATS has had on jobs. More

Regulatory update: Labor Department and NLRB issue proposals to advance union agenda
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The National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards have each proposed rules that work together to promote unionization and limit communication from businesses about disadvantages of unions. Comments on both of these proposals are due on Aug. 22. More

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Regulatory update: OSHA proposes to change list of industries subject to reporting requirements and lower threshold for mandatory reporting
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On June 22, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to change the list of industries subject to injury and illness recording and reporting requirements. Specifically, OSHA proposes to update Appendix A to Subpart B of its Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting regulation. More

Regulatory update: OSHA announces increased inspections of facilities with industrial trucks in Southeast
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Region IV has begun a new emphasis program to inspect facilities in several Southeastern states for compliance with the industrial truck standard (29 CFR 1910.178), which covers equipment such as forklifts. These inspections, which are taking place in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi, will focus on equipment maintenance and repair, operator training, and the pathways the trucks travel to ensure clear visibility and determine potential struck-by hazards. More

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Regulatory update: EPA to conduct case studies on hydraulic fracturing
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced seven case studies of hydraulic fracturing to examine the impacts of this activity on drinking water resources. The studies will include literature review; collection of data and information from states, communities and industry; laboratory work; and computer modeling. Congress required the hydraulic fracturing study in a fiscal year 2010 appropriations measure. More

Legislative update: Senate committee approves bill to stop duplicative pesticide rule
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The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee has approved H.R. 872, which would stop the implementation of a court order requiring pesticide applications in and around U.S. waters to be covered by National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits under the Clean Water Act. Under the court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has until Oct. 31 to implement the new permitting process. More

  General Business Interest

Truckload driver turnover rate hits 75 percent
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The driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose to an annualized rate of 75 percent in the first quarter of 2011, the American Trucking Associations said. That's a six percentage point increase over the fourth quarter of 2010, and a 92 percent leap from an annualized rate of 39 percent in the third quarter. The rapid increase in driver turnover — the rate at which drivers leave a company within a year — comes as competition for experienced truckers intensifies. More

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Bioplastics projects set to prosper
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The recession has been a wake-up call for chemical producers to push bioplastics development, resulting in a more positive outlook. With the price of oil and petrochemicals soaring, bioplastics have become an increasingly viable proposition. As a result, the next decade will see a fundamental shift in global polymer production, with a group of new bio-based capacities being brought on stream. More

OECD research examines cost of health impacts from toxic chemicals
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The OECD has published a paper on policy interventions to address the health impacts associated with environmental hazards including toxic chemicals as part of its series of Environment Working Papers. The paper, written by a researcher from the University of Bath, reviews the recent literature relating to the quantification and valuation of the human health impacts of air pollution, hazardous chemicals and unsafe water and sanitation, and their use in cost-benefit analysis as an input to environmental policy decision-making. More

ACC releases May 2011 US Chemical Production Regional Index
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According to the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index rose 0.5 percent in May, following a 0.3 percent gain in April and gains earlier in the year, as chemical production increased in all regions except the Gulf Coast. ACC anticipates that output gains will continue through the second half of 2011. More

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