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Regulatory Resources: Wealth of regulatory information available on NACD website
NACD members can find valuable information on regulatory requirements and changes on the Regulatory Resources for NACD Members web page that can be accessed at This page, which requires your NACD member login, contains the latest version of the 13-page Regulatory Checklist and Resources for Chemical Distributors; full recordings, slides and supplemental materials from recent NACD Regulatory Webinars; recent NACD Regulatory Alerts; and more. If you do not have a user name and password to access Members' Only sections of the NACD website, simply click on "Add Profile" at the top of the page at and fill out the form. If you have topics for future NACD Regulatory Webinars or suggestions for additional items that should be included on the Resources page, please contact NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson at or (571) 482-3047.
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Regulatory Update: FMCSA extends renewal time period for Hazardous Materials Safety Permit
Earlier this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended the time period for motor carriers to file for renewal of a Hazardous Materials Safety Permit from 30 to 60 days pre-permit expiration. This change was in response to requests from NACD and others in the hazardous materials transportation industry. All motor carriers operating commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce and carrying certain hazardous materials are required to file a form MCS-150B (Motor Carrier Identification Report and HM Permit Application) every 2 years to renew the HMSP or when company information changes. A motor carrier wishing to renew the HMSP must file a MDCS-150B with "RENEWAL" selected in question #31, within 60 days of the expiration of the previous HMSP. FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Information System has, since late March, allowed motor carriers to renew their HMSP up to 60 days from the date of expiration, extended from the previous 30-day time period. Click here to access FMCSA's registration page.
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Regulatory Resources: OSHA's new fact sheet on injury and illness prevention
Despite the delay in developing its Injury and Illness Prevention Program rule, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a new Fact Sheet that describes some common elements of injury and illness prevention programs and how to implement them. OSHA says these systematic programs allow employers on an ongoing basis to find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt or become ill, and these proactive processes can substantially reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and illnesses and can alleviate the associated financial burdens on U.S. workplaces. The Fact Sheet explains the major elements of an effective program, which include management leadership; worker participation; hazard identification, assessment, prevention and control; education and training and program evaluation and improvement. See OSHA's Injury and Illness Prevention Programs Web page for more information.
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Regulatory Update: EPA extends comment period for input on environmental justice guidance
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a 60-day extension of the time period to provide comments on its "Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis" document. The EPA has stated that environmental justice is a top priority and that the purpose of the guidance document is to provide EPA analysts with technical information on how to consider environmental justice in regulatory analyses. It directs EPA analysts to assess whether potential environmental justice concerns exist prior to the rulemaking and whether such concerns are likely to be exacerbated or mitigated for each regulatory option under consideration. The guidance makes recommendations designed to ensure consistency across EPA assessments of potential EJ concerns for regulatory actions.
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Regulatory Update: Administration delays Affordable Care Act employer rule
On July 2, 2013, the Department of Treasury announced in a blog post that enforcement of the employer health insurance mandate under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will be delayed for one year until 2015. The Obamacare employer mandate requires businesses with 50 or more full-time and/or full-time equivalent employees to provide affordable, minimum essential group health care coverage to full-time employees and dependents or be subject to a penalty. The employer mandate also includes reporting requirements for employers, which will also be delayed until 2015. Treasury stated that the administration will publish formal guidance on the delay shortly. Click here for the blog post.
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International Regulatory Update: New EU cosmetics rule in force this week
This week, on Thursday, July 11, a major new European Union regulation governing cosmetics, Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council, will take effect. At the same time, the previous Cosmetics Directive Regulation (Directive 76/768/EEC) provisions concerning carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction substances that have applied since Dec. 1, 2010, will be repealed. The European Commission states that the Cosmetics Directive "until now ensured that products circulate freely whilst guaranteeing a high level of protection for consumers." The recast of the Cosmetics Directive includes provisions intended to protect consumers' health and to provide additional information concerning the composition and labeling of products. The Regulation also provides for the assessment of product safety and the prohibition of animal testing. A summary of the new regulation is available here. In addition, NACD Environmental Regulatory Partner Bergeson & Campbell has prepared a description and analysis of the new regulations. Click here to view the analysis.
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Exclusive: US system for flagging hazardous chemicals is widely flawed
A 27-year-old U.S. program intended to warn the public of the presence of hazardous chemicals is flawed in many states due to scant oversight and lax reporting by plant owners, a Reuters examination finds. Under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, private and public facilities must issue an inventory listing potentially hazardous chemicals stored on their properties. The inventory, known as a Tier II report, is filled with state, county and local emergency-management officials. The information is then supposed to be made publicly available, to help first responders and nearby residents plan for emergencies. But facilities across the country often misidentify these chemicals or their location, and sometimes fail to report the existence of the substances altogether.
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Ammonium nitrate storage in a regulatory black hole
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Regulations governing the safety of ammonium nitrate fertilizer storage fall under an inadequate patchwork of regulation, the head of the Chemical Safety Board told a June 27 Senate panel — whose chair, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., demanded immediate action by the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Small business breathes a sigh of relief on Obamacare
The business community can breathe a sigh of relief now that employers have been given a year reprieve to comply with a key mandate of the Affordable Care Act that required larger employers to provide health insurance for workers by 2014 or face a penalty.
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Truckers lose sleep over 70-hour work limit
The Wall Street Journal
A long battle between truck drivers and federal regulators is culminating in giving truckers something that many don't want: more sleep. The changes — the most significant overhaul of rules governing truck-driver hours in a decade — shorten the workweek, restrict how many nights truckers can be on the road and require rest breaks during the day. Trucking companies say the sweeping changes, which took effect July 1, will cost them money by requiring more trucks to carry the same number of loads, with little benefit.
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$1 million allotted for training vets to become drivers
Commercial Carrier Journal
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has allotted $1 million in grant money to help train veterans for jobs in the transportation industry, it announced July 3, and specifically to become truck drivers, says U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
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FMCSA offers visor card to help truckers choose the right GPS
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Not all navigation systems are the same and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration emphasizes that it is critical for truck drivers to use the right navigation system. "By using a navigation system that does not provide important route restrictions, such as low bridge overpasses, the shortcut you thought would save you time and fuel may end up costing you more than you bargained for," FMCSA said.
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Pros and cons of length-of-haul trends
If one thing has been widely true about the freight market over the past several years, analysts say, it's that average length of haul has declined — notably in dry van and, more recently, refrigerated. What are the benefits and disadvantages of this continuing trend?
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    Hours-of-Service Logbook Examples (FMCSA)
EPA issues SNURS for 17 chemicals (NACD)
White House proposes new round of truck emissions reductions (Commercial Carrier Journal)
Damaged chemical plant still too dangerous for investigators to enter (The Times-Picayune)

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California seeks to break freight bottleneck
The U.S. Transportation Department says California's Devore Interchange is a critical freight link serving 21,000 trucks each day. Now the state has broken ground on a modernized Devore Interchange that will relieve freight congestion through this critical corridor.
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Truck driver enters 'Most Beautiful' contest to put brakes on stereotypes
Pioneer Press
When Jackie Wormley was a little girl, she didn't want to be a princess. She wanted to be a trucker. It's something she has been doing for 12 years. So when Overdrive, a trucking industry magazine, offered a chance to highlight women truckers in its "Most Beautiful" contest, Wormley entered. The Minnesota driver is now one of 10 finalists. She wants this to be a turning point in the profession's image.
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Trucking sheds 3,500 jobs in June
Transport Topics
Trucking lost 3,500 jobs in June, while U.S. employers added 195,000 workers to payrolls, the Labor Department reported.
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