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Legislative Update: NACD calls on Congress, Obama to avoid fiscal cliff
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NACD joined nearly 300 other business organizations in sending a letter to Congress and President Barack Obama urging them to act to avert the "fiscal cliff" of expiring tax cuts and automatic spending cuts, which are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. Specifically, the letter urges the president and Congress to immediately extend all of the 2001 and 2003 tax rates, extend expired and expiring business tax provisions, provide alternative minimum tax (AMT) relief and find spending cuts to replace impending sequestration. More

Legislative Update: House subcommittees scrutinize CFATS program
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Last week, officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) delivered a progress report on Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) implementation to members of the House Energy and Commerce Environment and the Economy Subcommittee. Since the December 2011 leak of the DHS internal report that listed numerous problems with CFATS implementation and because of the slow pace of CFATS Site Security Plan (SSP) approvals, several Congressional committees have intensified their oversight of the program.

DHS will return to Capitol Hill this Thursday to testify on CFATS before the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee.

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Legislative Update: Roberts introduces General Duty Clause Clarification Act
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Last week, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., introduced S.B. 3529, the General Duty Clause Clarification Act. This follows Rep. Mike Pompeo's, R-Kan., introduction of the legislation, H.R. 6345, in the House several weeks ago. NACD supports this legislation.

In recent years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has increasingly used Clean Air Act Section 112(r)(1), the General Duty Clause (GDC), to cite and fine facilities for violations. Because it has no specific list of chemicals or clear regulatory requirements, the GDC gives EPA tremendous power to require facilities to change their procedures and designs while giving these sites limited recourse to question the agency's allegations.

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State Regulatory Update: California DTSC receives testimony on safer consumer products regulations
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The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) held a public hearing Sept. 10 on the Safer Consumer Products Regulations, the first major step in implementing the state's Green Chemistry program.

This regulation will create a list of 1,200 "chemicals of concern" for which companies must conduct alternatives analyses and propose safer substitutes. It will also give the DTSC broad authority to take action on these chemicals.

During the hearing, dozens of companies and associations raised grave concerns about the regulation's cost and complexity.

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GAO inquiry called for on CSA, amping up scrutiny
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Scrutiny of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's enforcement program, CSA, is about to go up a notch with the likelihood of a Government Accountability Office report. During the course of a congressional hearing on the Comprehensive, Safety, Accountability program held by the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, long-time former chairman of the full Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, upped the ante for the program. More

Report: Chemicals to benefit from potential resurgence    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consensus views on a U.S. manufacturing resurgence have largely centered on rising labor costs in markets such as China as the key driver of re-shoring back to the U.S. However, a new PwC US report, "A Homecoming for U.S. Manufacturing?", reveals that while rising labor costs are part of the story, a range of factors — including transportation and energy costs and protecting the supply chain — could drive a sustained manufacturing renaissance in the U.S. beyond any cyclical recovery, potentially improving investment, employment, production output and research and development. More

What makes a good distributor?
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ECJ asks a group of manufacturers and contract cleaner end-users: What defines a good cleaning products distributor, and how have your expectations of distributors changed in recent years? More

Trucking operational costs continue to rise
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The average marginal cost per mile for 2011 was $1.71, the highest rate since 2008. This data comes from the American Transportation Research Institute's findings in its 2012 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking. The research, which identifies trucking costs from 2008 to 2011 derived directly from fleet operations, gives carriers a high-level benchmarking tool and government agencies with real-world data for future infrastructure improvement analyses. More

Truckload driver turnover surges in Q2
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The annualized turnover rate for linehaul truckload fleets of all sizes surged in the second quarter, with turnover at large fleets breaking the 100 percent barrier for the first time in more than four years, according to American Trucking Associations' quarterly Trucking Activity Report. More

Bentek: US crude oil production to boom 74 percent by 2022
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Crude oil production in the United States is projected to grow by 74 percent, or more than 4.9 million barrels per day, during the next 10 years to an average of 11.6 MMb/d by 2022, according to Bentek Energy, the energy data analytics unit of Platts, a leading global energy, petrochemicals and metals information provider. More


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