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Regulatory Update: Senator requests answers from DHS on CFATS implementation
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Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is the latest member of Congress to request answers from the Department of Homeland Security about the agency's implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. Grassley first questioned DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano about these issues, which were outlined late last year in a DHS internal report leaked to Fox News, at a hearing in April. According to Grassley, since this hearing, a whistleblower has provided more details about DHS's management of the program, including allegations that employees were assigned to nonexistent field offices, allowing them to work from home while claiming on paper to be located in phantom field offices. More



Regulatory Update: FMCSA announces improvements to Safety Measurement System
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The Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced the refinement of the roadside inspection system, ASPEN, as an improvement to the Safety Measurement System. SMS uses roadside inspections, reported through ASPEN, and crash data to prioritize motor carriers for interventions. The action is in response to stakeholder feedback pointing out that some commercial driver violations in SMS are a result of license suspensions for non-safety related reasons, such as failing to pay a parking ticket. Motor carriers often cannot detect these suspensions when doing required background or annual checks of a driver’s driving record. More

Regulatory Update: EPA to post names of chemicals acceptable for use
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced plans to post on the agency's Design for the Environment website a list of chemicals that are acceptable for use in DfE-labeled products. According to the EPA, the purpose of this list is to serve as a resource for product formulators and consumers, to increase understanding of the DfE Safer Product Labeling Program and the types of chemicals in DfE-labeled products, and to enhance the dialogue on safer chemicals and products. More

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Regulatory Update: China to require importers to register hazardous substances
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The Chinese State Administration of Work Safety has published Order Number 53, which extends chemical registration requirements to importers and manufacturers/producers. The order entered into force on Aug. 1. Chemicals must now be registered with the SAWS National Registration Center of Chemicals before being imported into China. Registrations must include classification and labeling information; physical and chemical properties; the main use of the chemical; its hazardous characteristics; the safety requirements for storage, use and transport; and information on emergency response, including telephone numbers. More


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US says FedEx broke rules on hazardous shipments
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U.S. safety regulators are seeking a $681,200 civil penalty against FedEx, saying that the package-delivery company violated rules on shipping hazardous material two years ago. Paperwork on several dozen shipments failed to properly describe the nature or amount of material being shipped, according to regulators. More



Virginia Tech studying electronic logs
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The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is studying the safety records of drivers and fleets that have been using electronic onboard recorders to comply with federal hours of service requirements to see if they improve safety and compliance. The FMCSA wants to mandate EOBRs, and the highway bill recently passed calls for them as well. However, a rule that was scheduled to go into effect mandating the devices for the most blatant violators of hours regulations was withdrawn after a court ruling found it did not address the issue of fleets using the devices to harass drivers. More

California to consider Proposition 65 carcinogen additions
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At the next meeting of its Carcinogen Identification Committee scheduled for Nov. 29, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment will consider adding two substances to its Proposition 65 list of carcinogens: CI Disperse Yellow 3 and 2,6-dimethyl-N-nitrosomorpholine. More

The Next Logical Step: Protecting Chemical Cargo in Transit

Those in the business of manufacturing or transporting chemical and hazardous materials on the nation’s highways have struggled with a common challenge: how to best secure their product/cargo once it leaves the high-end security of a processing facility.
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What's driving economic growth in US cities? Chemicals
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The chemicals and plastics sector has emerged as a key driver of economic growth across a large number of U.S. cities, according to a study by IHS Global Insight prepared for The United States Conference of Mayors. More

Production decline for European chemical industry
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Chemicals production in the European Union recorded a 2.1 percent drop during the first five months of 2012 compared with the previous year, the latest Cefic Chemicals Trends Report indicates. According to the latest EU Commission survey, confidence in the EU chemicals industry deteriorated in May, based mainly on a strong deterioration in managers' expectations for the months ahead. More


 

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