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Regulatory Victory: FMCSA withdraws driver training requirements proposal
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has withdrawn a December 2007 proposed rule to establish new entry-level driver training standards for individuals applying for commercial driver's licenses to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. FMCSA withdrew the proposal because commenters, including NACD, raised substantive issues that led the agency to conclude it would be inappropriate to move forward with a final rule based on the original proposal.
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Regulatory Update: DHS releases new CFATS fact sheet showing continued increase in security plan approval pace
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released a new Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards fact sheet. The document provides basic information on CFATS and the latest numbers about facilities in the program. DHS reports that as of Sept. 1, 2013, 693 Site Security Plans had been authorized and 253* had been approved following inspections. DHS has also completed 1,320 compliance assistance visits. DHS also notes that more than 3,000 facilities have voluntarily removed, reduced or modified their holdings of chemicals of interest. In recent months, DHS has picked up the pace of SSP reviews and inspections. The agency has conducted inspections at several Tier 3 facilities although it has not yet finished inspecting all of the facilities in the higher Tiers 1 and 2. The agency will also shortly begin reviewing SSPs for Tier 4 facilities. Click here for a copy of the fact sheet.
*Update: DHS approved its 300th SSP last week.

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Security Update: FBI issues alert on identifying potential terrorist activities at bulk plants
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued an alert to help facilities with bulk storage identify potential indicators of terrorist activities. The alert lists purchasing activities and surveillance techniques that may indicate terrorist involvement. The document also provides facilities with instructions on what to do when such activities and techniques are detected. While the alert was issued specifically to petroleum bulk plant operators, the information may also be useful to chemical distribution facilities, particularly those with bulk storage. The FBI is concerned about terrorists attempting to purchase or steal fuel from a bulk plant to use in a weapon of mass destruction.
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REGULATORY TOPICS


Bipartisan compromise will strengthen chemical safety laws
The Hill
In a rare display of bipartisanship in Washington, more than two dozen Democrat and Republican Senators have come together to support new legislation, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, to update our nation's sorely outdated chemical safety law the Toxic Substances Control Act.
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Are you sure your chemical is on the TSCA inventory?
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The Toxic Substances Control Act generally requires companies planning to manufacture or import a chemical substance into the United States to confirm that the substance is included on the Chemical Substance Inventory the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has created. (Pesticide and U.S. Food & Drug Administration products are separately regulated, however, and not subject to this requirement.) EPA makes the Inventory available to the public online, and it is a very useful tool. It is also important to recognize that tool's limitations, however, and know that other review steps may be necessary in a particular situation.
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Foxx defends hours rule from House criticism
Commercial Carrier Journal
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx sent a response letter to 51 House members on Wednesday, Sept. 18, defending the current hours of service rule and saying it is the result of years of research into driver fatigue and safety and analysis of comments from the public. The letter was individually addressed and sent to each of the 51 signees of a letter sent to Foxx in August criticizing the hours of service rule and its implementation.
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FMCSA addresses sleep apnea through rulemaking
Truckinginfo
In mid-September two congressional representatives introduced a bill that that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, rather than issue guidance. Within one week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee scheduled a vote to report the bill to the full House and FMCSA announced that it will approach sleep apnea through a rulemaking, rather than a guidance.
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Chemical industry courts Udall as he works on bill
McClatchy-Tribune News Services via Menafn
A recent television commercial funded by a chemical industry group praising U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D.-N.M., left some New Mexico viewers scratching their heads. Why would the American Chemistry Council, which represents Dow Chemical and other manufacturers, air ads for a senator long known as an environmentalist? And why would the group spend its money to build up the image of a candidate whose seat appears safe? The answer apparently lies in Udall's leading role in a high-profile, bipartisan Senate bill that would overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.
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NTP seeks comment on substances for future Report on Carcinogens
Chemical Watch
The National Toxicology Program is seeking information on 20 substances for future editions of its Report on Carcinogens. The deadline for commenting on each of the 20 chemicals up for possible review is Oct. 18.
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EPA to roll out redesigned DfE name and logo next year
Chemical Watch
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to roll out, in a year, a redesigned logo and name geared toward the consumer, for its Design for the Environment safer product labeling program. Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the agency's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, says the labeling program has a "huge untapped upside," and companies are now only using it to sell products to institutional markets such as governments, schools and hospitals. "That is because the label does not mean anything to consumers," he told the Safer Consumer Products summit in Washington. D.C. Consumer testing by the agency showed that "consumers don't see that label as meaning safer products," he added. The product eligibility criteria, which are "generally well-regarded," will not change.
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Renewable chemicals industry reaches economic tipping point
Triple Pundit
In recent years, the nascent, yet fast-growing renewable chemical industry has already proved we can make higher performing, safer chemicals cost competitively and sustainably. What a few years ago was merely a vision — for a safer, sustainable, viable alternative to existing chemicals — is today an emerging reality. The early stages of experimentation are moving to commercialization and growing consumer demand. Renewable chemical companies are ready to build their plants and hire workers to deliver exciting new products. The question is not when, but in this global economy, where they will do it.
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Improving driver performance with high-tech training
Truckinginfo
Cargo Transporters, Claremont, N.C, wasn't doing much re-occurring driver training other than a few defensive driving classes, but in 2010 the company decided to require six hours of either online or classroom training. It was so successful that in 2011 they increased it to eight hours, according to President Dennis Dellinger. That includes a minimum of four hours online training, one hour of simulator training, an advanced logging class and two classroom courses. Classroom courses slated for this year include critical crashes, company policy review, intersections and stoplights and pre- and post-trip inspections.
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Study predicts 'manufacturing renaissance'
Canton Reporter
Unconventional drilling for oil and natural gas, such as that in Ohio's Utica Shale, could be a major boost to the nation's manufacturers during the next decade and a half. A new report by global research firm IHS predicts a "manufacturing renaissance" through 2025 fueled by the unconventional natural gas and oil industry.
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Emerging logistics hotspot: The Northeast
DC Velocity
As delivery windows get tighter and transportation costs soar, it becomes increasingly important to maintain a distribution center or warehouse close to your customers. For this reason, more and more companies are finding it necessary to establish a distribution center in the densely populated Northeast.
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Why there's no such thing as a bad attitude
Harry J. Friedman
"He's got a bad attitude." "She's not a team player." "He's not a very pleasant person to work with." Does this sound familiar? It probably does. Every manager has had an employee who just wasn't part of the team. You advise the employee that he or she has a bad attitude or needs to be better at teamwork. So why doesn't that kind of advice solve the problem?
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