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Regulatory Update: CBP to rescind Dec. 28 date for manifesting residual cargo
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The Customs and Border Protection agency has announced changes to its implementation plan for a 2009 ruling determining that residue in containers coming into the U.S. must be manifested and entered. Many industries that ship containers across the U.S. border, including the chemical industry, were concerned about this ruling and held numerous meetings with CBP officials to discuss the operational impacts of the decision. CBP had planned to begin enforcing the residue ruling Dec. 28, 2012, but the agency recently announced this date, along with a previously issued Frequently Asked Questions document, will be rescinded. More



Regulatory Update: EPA calls on chemical safety board to improve implementation of safety recommendations
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General has released a report on the results of an audit conducted on the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board to determine what factors impede the implementation of safety recommendations. The report found that the CSB fails to consistently achieve its goals for timely implementation of its safety recommendations. More

Regulatory Update: PHMSA releases 5-year strategic plan
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has released its strategic plan for 2012-2016. Under the plan, PHMSA seeks to reduce the number of hazardous materials incidents involving death or major injury to between 21-32 per year and those with environmental damage to between 44-64 per year by 2016. More

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Security Update: DHS receives suspicious activity reports on attempted entries at 3 facilities
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Coordinating Center has received three reports regarding similar suspicious activities, all involving attempted entries at three separate chemical facilities over a three-day period in three different regions of the country. DHS is working with other agencies to further investigate all three reports. The agency is interested in how similar two of the reports are. In addition, DHS has determined that one of the incidents was not nefarious, but still appropriate to be reported. More

Security Resources: DHS to host insider threat awareness roundtable
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will host a live, 60-minute Insider Threat Awareness Virtual Roundtable Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time. The virtual roundtable will raise awareness of common characteristics and indicators of insider threats and help participants understand:
  1. What malicious insiders are and how they impact organizations;
  2. What an organization can do to deter and detect insider threats;
  3. What defense and response strategies are available to mitigate the insider threat.
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Louisiana chemical plants begin mop-up after Isaac
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Louisiana's chemical plants were beginning to restart operations in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, but further progress will depend on the amount of flood damage as well as how quickly power and supply logistics can be restored. More



NAFA manual helps corporate fleets manage during crisis
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A new manual published by NAFA Fleet Management Association provides step-by-step instructions on how to develop an effective business continuity plan that will help fleets survive both natural and man-made disasters and emergencies. More

Report: Carriers positive but cautious when it comes to natural gas
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While fuel prices again have turned to an upward trajectory, more attention continues to be paid to natural gas and how it can potentially be an asset for freight transportation sector stakeholders. And while natural gas is making inroads as a possible way for shippers and carriers to counter increasing and uncertain energy costs, a recent survey published by Transport Capital Partners and ACT Research shows there are cautious reasons to be optimistic when gauging future natural gas prospects. More


 

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