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Regulatory Update: FMCSA addresses NACD concerns on calculating and publicizing out-of-service and crash rates
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The Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a notice of amendment to enforcement policy in the Federal Register announcing a change in the method the agency uses to calculate and publicize the threshold crash rate and driver, vehicle and hazardous materials Out-of-Service rates that qualify or disqualify a carrier for issuance of a Hazardous Materials Safety Permit. The change is effective immediately, and the new static rates will remain in effect until further notice. More

Highway bill with hazardous materials title sent to president Obama
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The House and Senate have both approved a 27-month highway reauthorization bill, which President Obama is expected to sign into law. The measure includes a hazardous materials title that has both positive and negative elements for the chemical distribution industry. More

Regulatory Compliance Resources: Security Summit availability expanded
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The registrant-per-company limit for the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit has been expanded from two to three individuals per organization. In addition, the deadline to receive the special Summit hotel group rate of $145 per night at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore has been extended to Saturday, July 7. To reserve your room, please call (888) 421-1442 and refer to the Chemical Sector Security Summit, or reserve online here. The Chemical Security Summit will take place July 31-August 1 at the Baltimore Convention Center. There is no registration fee for the Summit. More

Regulatory Update: EPA releases Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program plan
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Comprehensive Management Plan. The newly released EDSP Comprehensive Management Plan provides strategic guidance for EPA agency personnel and outlines the critical activities that are planned for the EDSP over the next five years. The plan describes the technical review processes that will be used in implementing this program and how the agency intends to factor technology advancements into the program. More

Security Update: Government issues Suspicious Activity Report on aviation flyovers of facilities
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently issued a Suspicious Activity Report warning that terrorists may use small aircraft flyovers to conduct preoperational activities such as reconnaissance or rehearsals for planned attacks. DHS and the FBI ask facility operators who observe such activities to report them to appropriate authorities. More

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Congress passes highway bill; House bill would block EOBR mandate
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The House and Senate passed the highway reauthorization bill. It now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. The measure includes a number of trucking-specific provisions, such as a field study of the 34-hour restart rule, a study of truck size and weight limits, laying the groundwork for the first national freight policy, a study of the need for crashworthiness in trucks, funding for truck parking and others. The bill keeps a controversial requirement for electronic onboard recorders to track driver hours of service. Yet even as the passage of the bill was announced, an amendment to block the EOBR mandate was being added to legislation in the House. More

FMCSA drug, alcohol checks remove 287 bus, truck drivers from the road
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The US Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that 287 commercial bus and truck drivers were removed from the roads and more than 128 companies face enforcement actions as a result of the agency's annual drug and alcohol strike force sweep that occurred from April 30 through May 11. During the two-week sweep, nearly 200 federal investigators examined the drug and alcohol safety records of commercial drivers employed by bus and truck companies, including school bus drivers, interstate passenger carriers, hazardous material transporters and general freight long-haul trucking companies. More

EPA announces final ecological effects test guidelines
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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the availability of final ecological effects test guidelines to be used in developing data for submission to EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, and section 408 of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. More

Weak demand for chemicals signals slower US growth
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Demand for chemical products fell for a third straight month in June, according to new industry data that suggested slower U.S. economic growth for the remainder of 2012. Demand for chemical products occurs early in the supply chain and changes in production are considered good indicators of trends in the broader economy. More

EPA greenhouse gas rules upheld by federal court
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A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever regulations aimed at reducing the gases blamed for global warming, handing down perhaps the most significant decision on the issue since a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that greenhouse gases could be controlled as air pollutants. The rules, which had been challenged by industry groups and several states, will reduce emissions of six heat-trapping gases from large industrial facilities such as factories and power plants, as well as from automobile tailpipes. More


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