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Regulatory Update: PHMSA proposes rule to align HMR with international standards
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On Aug. 15, the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to align the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations with international standards. The proposal includes amendments to the Hazardous Materials Table to add, revise or remove certain proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, and air transport quantity limitations. NACD will analyze the proposed rule to determine if there is a need to file comments with PHMSA on the proposal. More

Regulatory Update: EPA issues significant new use rules for 25 chemical substances
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On Aug. 15, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published in the Federal Register significant new use rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act for 25 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices. The SNURs require persons who intend to manufacture, import or process any of these 25 chemical substances for activities designated as significant new uses by the rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing these activities. The SNURs will be effective on Oct. 15, unless adverse or critical comments are submitted by Sept. 14. More

Regulatory Update: EPA proposes significant new use rules for perfluoroalkyl sulfonate and long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate
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On Aug. 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed rule to amend the significant new use rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act for perfluoroalkyl sulfonate chemical substances to add seven PFAS chemical substances that have completed the new chemical review process under TSCA, but have not yet commenced production or import, and to designate processing as a significant new use. EPA is also proposing a SNUR for long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate chemical substances that would designate manufacturing, importing or processing for use as part of carpet or for treating carpet as a significant new use. More

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Regulatory Update: EPA publishes Peer Review Plans for work plan chemical assessments
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published the Peer Review Plans for the risk assessments on the seven 2012 work plan chemicals. Earlier this year, EPA announced a strategy for assessing the risks and safety of existing chemicals. As part of this strategy, the agency identified a work plan for 83 chemicals for further review under the Toxic Substances Control Act and identified seven of these chemicals for risk assessments in 2012. More

Regulatory Update: Heritage Foundation publishes report stating that CFATS is too complex and burdensome
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On Aug. 14, the Heritage Foundation published a paper on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards entitled "Chemical Security in the U.S.: CFATS Regulations Too Complex, Overly Burdensome." CFATS has been under intense scrutiny since late 2011, when an internal report on program challenges and mismanagement was leaked to the press. Although DHS is working to address these problems, the House Appropriations Committee has proposed to cut the program’s funding by more than half. More

TrakLok to attend NACD:OPSEM Conference

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Industry research favors roll stability over electronic stability controls
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New research by the trucking industry finds that for some carriers, roll stability control technology may be more effective than electronic stability control. The analysis by the American Transportation Research Institute, an arm of American Trucking Associations, found that RSC trucks had lower average crash rates than ESC trucks, with RSC being significantly less expensive than ESC. The issue is significant in a proposed new rule by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that would mandate ESC on new tractors. The agency evaluated both technologies and found that the net benefit of ESC is greater than RSC. More

FMCSA shifts gears on oilfield hauler HOS guidance
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Reacting to strong protests against its proposed new hours of service guidance for oilfield haulers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the deadline for comments and scheduled several public listening sessions. More

FMCSA launches Facebook page
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has launched a Facebook page in an effort to further increase transparency and public awareness of FMCSA safety programs, encourage collaboration and stimulate innovation. FMCSA's Facebook page will be updated daily and will feature announcements, events, important updates and other information of interest to stakeholders. More

Johnson & Johnson removing chemicals of concern from adult toiletries, cosmetics
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Johnson & Johnson plans to remove trace amounts of potentially cancer-causing and other dangerous chemicals from nearly all its adult toiletries and cosmetic products worldwide by 2015. The health care giant late last year pledged to remove "chemicals of concern" from its baby products sold around the world. The company said it remains on track to have baby products reformulated with safer ingredients by the end of 2013. Adult products will be reformulated by the end of 2015. More

Canada posts latest risk management actions for priority chemicals
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The Canadian government has released the latest status of its proposed risk management actions for 31 substances included in the government's challenge for chemicals considered "a high priority for action" and that meet one or more criteria in section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. More


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