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NACD 2012 Get Out the Vote: Be prepared for Election Day
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NACD is providing a wealth of information for you to prepare to vote this November, regardless of political affiliation. Register to vote, find your local races or browse races by state before elections on Tuesday, November 6, with NACD's online tool. The NACD 2012 Election Guide provides members, employees and supporters of the industry a resource for background information on candidates, how those candidates have voted on issues important to NACD and more. Check out the 2012 Elections Guide for voter registration, an interactive map, issues vote tracking and spotlights on particular candidates. More

Regulatory Input Needed: DHS to hold conference call for NACD members this Thursday on CFATS Personnel Surety Program
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This Thursday, October 18, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will hold a conference call to seek NACD member input on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Personnel Surety Program. The call will take place from 11 a.m. — 12 p.m. noon Eastern time.

The agency is seeking to reissue its PSP proposal later this month and is seeking input directly from NACD and other groups, asking for suggested proposals related to the CFATS Personnel Surety Program that are able to be implemented within the existing climate, proposals that cannot be implemented within the existing climate but could offer a better long-term solution and any other suggestions or concerns.

If you are available to participate in Thursday's conference call, please contact NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson at or (571) 482-3047, and she will provide the call information to you. If you are unable to participate but have comments on the aforementioned items, please send them to Jennifer as soon as possible.

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Regulatory Resources: Free NACD webinar Nov. 1 on export control rules
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On Thursday, Nov. 1, at 12 p.m. noon Eastern time, NACD will host a webinar, Export Control Issues for Chemical Distributors — An Export Compliance Overview for NACD Members. With exports becoming an increasingly vital part of business for many chemical distributors, it is critical for companies to be aware of the various regulatory requirements for chemical exports.

To ensure that you are familiar with the export control regulations and to help you avoid costly penalties, NACD is pleased to offering this Webinar on this important topic. Register online today.

State Regulatory Update: NACD comments on California regulations
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Last week, NACD filed comments with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control expressing concerns about the state's proposed Safer Consumer Products Regulations.

The scope and complexity of the latest proposal is of grave concern to the chemical and many other industries. NACD's comments reflect these concerns and also address the amount of latitude given to the DTSC in designing the rules, the lack of prioritization of chemicals subject to alternatives assessments, the huge costs of the proposal if enacted and the lack of economic analysis on the impacts of the proposal.

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  • Regulatory Update: DOT clarifies FMCSRs
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    On October 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a final rule in the Federal Register to correct and clarify certain provisions in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The final rule makes technical corrections throughout title 49 CFR subtitle B, chapter III. The rule includes minor editorial changes to add revised delegations of authority from the Secretary of Transportation, correct errors and omissions and improve clarity. The rule is effective immediately. More

    Regulatory Update: FMCSA comments on recent CSA report
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    In response to a recent report from the American Transportation Research Institute about the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a statement confirming the effectiveness of the CSA program.

    The ATRI report found that scores in the CSA Driver Fitness Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category do not bear a statistical correlation to crash risk, but that other portions of CSA are working as intended. FMCSA stated that ATRI's findings confirm the effectiveness of the CSA program and counter some previous analyses that challenged its effectiveness.

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    Expansion of shale gas market boosts outlook for US chemicals industry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The expansion of the shale gas market could potentially drive significant benefits to the U.S. chemicals industry, including decreased raw material and energy costs, according to "Shale Gas: Reshaping the U.S. Chemicals Industry," a new report by PwC U.S. In fact, another recent PwC report estimated the potential impact of shale gas on U.S. manufacturing could enable U.S. manufacturers to lower their raw materials and energy costs as much as $11.6 billion annually by 2025. More

    3 lessons for a greener, more profitable supply chain
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    What do three leading chemical, automobile and software companies have in common? All three — Honda, BASF and SAP — are looking to curb risks and take advantage of opportunities across their global supply chains. They're doing so by measuring their greenhouse gas emissions not just in their operations but up and down their value chains. More

    You can't escape technology: Take advantage of it
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    Regulatory requirements governing fuel economy, emissions and safety have turned today's work trucks into rolling computers. At the same time, pressure to reduce operating costs has led manufacturers to add even more electronics to vehicles and truck equipment to improve operational efficiency. The net impact of these technological advancements is that fleet managers need to re-think every aspect of how they design, maintain and manage their fleets. More

    ATA chief economist has mixed outlook for trucking
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    American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello told fleet executives Oct. 9 that freight volumes continue to be varied, depending on the sector and trucking's outlook will be cloudy in the months ahead. More


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