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Regulatory update: FMSCA refines criteria for CSA hazmat intervention threshold
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In its August Compliance, Safety, Accountability Safety Measurement System release, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration refined the criteria that determines which motor carriers are subject to the hazardous materials intervention threshold. Previously, the hazmat intervention threshold was applied to motor carriers based solely on their registration information indicating they transported any quantity of hazardous materials. The hazmat intervention threshold now applies to motor carriers that transport placardable quantities of hazardous materials based on operational evidence. More

Regulatory update: NLRB issues rule requiring posting of union rights
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The National Labor Relations Board has issued a final rule requiring most private-sector employers, whether or not they have union workers, to post a notice to inform employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act to engage in collective bargaining and join a union. The rule goes into effect on Nov. 14, 75 days after its Aug. 30 publication in the Federal Register. More

Regulatory update: NACD signs ambush election comments
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On Aug. 22, NACD joined with 278 employers and associations of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace in filing official regulatory comments to the National Labor Relations Board over the recently proposed "Ambush Election" rule. This proposal would establish new procedures for conducting secret ballot elections to "determine if employees wish to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining." More

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Regulatory update: Federal agencies release regulatory reviews
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On Aug. 23, federal agencies released the results of their reviews mandated by Presidential Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review." This executive order requires agencies to periodically review existing regulations to determine if they should be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed to make their regulatory programs more effective or less burdensome in achieving regulatory objectives. More

Legislative update: House speaker repeats request for list of proposed regulations with large economic impact
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House Speaker John Boehner recently sent a letter to President Obama requesting a list of proposed regulations that have an estimated economic impact of more than $1 billion. In the letter, Boehner points out that the administration's current regulatory agenda identifies 219 planned new regulations that have estimated costs of over $100 million each, a 15 percent increase over last year. More

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Engineering and construction firms report growth in chemical capital spending
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Global engineering and construction companies say capital spending by the chemical industry is on the rebound. Competition for contracts is intense, but projects are moving forward; not only in Asia and the Middle East, but in the U.S., where shale-gas exploitation has changed the economics of production. More

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Recession may now be very close
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German Chancellor Merkel's recent comment that, "I don't see anything which signals a recession in Germany," is just one sign of the current complacency about the global economy within the Western political elite. Long-standing readers will remember professors Eichengreen and O'Rourke's 2009-10 work comparing today's Great Recession with the Depression of the 1930s. Worryingly, the parallels seem to be increasing again. More

Big shippers see continued demand slowdown
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A group of the nation's leading shippers has forecast continued economic and freight sluggishness heading into the peak holiday shipping season and beyond, with an increasing number planning to pare back inventory levels in response to uncertain demand trends, according to a third-quarter survey conducted by investment firm Wolfe Trahan. At the same time, the 120 shippers surveyed are continuing to divert their traffic from truck to rail intermodal. More

US NTP establishes new body to assess chemical risk
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The U.S. National Toxicology Program has established a new Office of Health Assessment and Translation to assess scientific evidence on the risk posed by chemicals and mixtures to human health, and serve as an information resource to the public, regulatory bodies and health agencies. More

New Jersey Gov. Christie vetoes fracking ban, calls for one-year moratorium
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Gov. Christie sought to stake out some middle ground by signing a conditional veto of a bill that would have banned the natural gas extraction process called hydraulic fracturing in New Jersey. Instead, he wants the legislature to enact a one-year moratorium. While the action may seem largely symbolic in a state believed to have no natural gas reserves worth exploring, environmental and industry groups said Christie was sending a strong message, though its meaning depended on the observer's perspective. More

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