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Regulatory resources — Register today for free Nov. 1 webinar on export control regulations
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On Thursday, Nov. 1, at noon Eastern, 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. For example, a chemical that you and your customer may consider to be a benign ingredient for a product may be on the government's chemical weapons precursor list. Failure to comply with export control regulations for chemicals such as this can result in devastating, six-figure penalties. In addition the government has substantially increased enforcement in this area in recent years. More

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Regulatory update — DOT proposes to incorporate important chemical distribution special permit into the HMR
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The Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a proposed rule to incorporate several DOT Special Permits into the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Included on the list is DOT-SP 11836, which authorizes the transportation of ammonia solutions in vented drums. Many chemical distributors utilize and are parties to SP 11836. Those who hold or are parties to DOT SPs must apply for renewal every four years. If SP 11836 is incorporated into the HMR, the need to apply for and renew this SP will be eliminated. DOT states that SP 11836 has been in effect since 1997 and has been utilized by at least 61 holders with an acceptable safety performance. PHMSA has no reported incidents over the past 10 years involving the SP. Also on the list for inclusion into the HMR is DOT-SP 13124, which authorizes the transportation of certain ammonia solutions in intermediate bulk containers. However, PHMSA provides no additional explanation on this item in the proposed rule, and it was NACD's understanding that this SP was no longer needed because of earlier amendments to the HMR. Comments are due on the proposed rule by Dec. 21.

The NACD Transportation Issues Working Group will develop comments for NACD to submit. If this issue is important to your company and you would like to be involved in this effort, please contact NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson at jgibson@nacd.com or 571-482-3047. For a copy of the proposed rule, which includes the entire list of DOT-SPs considered for inclusion in the HMR, go to www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-22/pdf/2012-25853.pdf.


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  • Regulatory input needed — US GAO seeking chemical distributor input on wetlines
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    As mandated by the recently enacted Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2012 (HMTSIA), the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is conducting a study on the safety of transporting flammable liquids in the external product piping of cargo tank motor vehicles (wetlines). The GAO must report its findings to Congress by July 2013 and is seeking NACD's input into the study. Specifically, the GAO wants to know
    1. What are the safety risks of transporting flammable liquids in wetlines?
    2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of options for addressing these risks?
    3. How have DOT and private operators addressed wetline safety risks? and
    4. What additional actions, if any, could be taken?
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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, Nov. 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, state by state. Sign up to vote soon — some states are already beginning to close registration!
    • An interactive map of your elected officials or non-incumbent candidates
    • Issues vote tracking or scorecard, to see how candidates voted on issues important to NACD
    • Spotlights on particular candidates for federally elected office who are important candidates for consideration due to their support of NACD issues


    Regulatory update — FMCSA to hold listening session on hours of service rule
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    The Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that will hold a public listening session on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Santa Barbara, Calif., to solicit information, concepts, ideas and information on hours-of-service requirements for drivers of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles. Specifically, FMCSA would like to know what factors, issues, and data it should consider as it determines preliminarily whether the HOS regulations applicable to these drivers need to be changed to decrease the risk of fatigue-related crashes. FMCSA says that the session will allow interested persons to present comments, views, and new research that the agency should consider in drafting a proposed rule. The listening session will be held from 1:15-5:30 p.m. LT at the Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, Calif. The entire day's proceedings will also be webcast. For a copy of the listening session announcement with full details, go to www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-18/pdf/2012-25789.pdf.


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    NTP identifies 'candidate substances' for Report on Carcinogens
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    The U.S. National Toxicology Program has identified five substances as "candidate substances" for its next Report on Carcinogens, a biennial document that lists substances, including industrial chemicals, as either "known" or "reasonably anticipated" to be human carcinogens. More

    Union Pacific profit beats estimates as rates increase
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    Union Pacific Corp., the biggest U.S. railroad by sales, reported the highest quarterly profit in its history as shipments of petroleum products almost doubled and rates climbed. Union Pacific benefited from an 18 percent increase in chemical volumes, including oil, and an 11 percent rise in shipments of non-metallic minerals including sand used in hydraulic fracturing. More

    Global supply chain, regulatory gaps raise drug safety concerns
    The Tennessean    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The medicines you took this morning could have come from anywhere, and everywhere, in the world. The active ingredient might have been sourced from China. Fillers, binders and other inactive ingredients could have come from India. What's in your medicine cabinet is the result of a vast, interconnected global web of raw materials suppliers, chemical producers, brokers, resellers, drug manufacturers and distributors. More

    Trucking theft on the rise
    The Strategic Sourceror    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Trucking piracy has become a major issue for retailers and suppliers in the past few years. Companies face the challenges of dealing with increased gang presence, the relative ease of breaking into trucks and trailers to access goods and a seeming lack of concern from law agencies, all of which have turned trucking piracy into a huge industry. More

    Recession-hit workers hit the road, but truck driver shortage could worsen
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    A new breed of recession-racked road warriors are being lured into driving by the prospects of a more steady paycheck. But in spite of stubbornly high unemployment levels over the past four years, the trucking industry is still having trouble getting enough qualified drivers, especially for long-haul routes that require drivers to be away from home for many days a year. More


     

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