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2014 Election Night Cheat Sheet
Election Day is today! NACD would like to remind all of our members to get out and vote to make sure your voices are heard! For those of you planning to track the mid-term races tonight, National Journal's Hotline has put together a "cheat sheet" of key races, poll closing times, counties to watch, and — just in case — recount procedures in nearly two dozen states with Senate and/or governors' races.
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OSHA Denies Industry Request for GHS Deadline Extension
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration denied industry's request for a two-year extension of the June 1, 2015, deadline for chemical formulators to update their labels and safety data sheets. NACD will have the opportunity to offer input as the agency drafts its enforcement guidance document. Please contact Jennifer Gibson at jgibson@nacd.com or Theresa Forbes at tforbes@nacd.com with questions and concerns as we continue discussions with the agency.
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NACD Files Comments on EPA Risk Management Program
The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its request for information (RFI) on potential changes to the agency's Risk Management Program (RMP) overseeing chemical facilities. In its comprehensive comments, NACD expressed concerns about several elements in the RFI.
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EPA Updates Work Plan for Chemical Assessments
Safety + Health Magazine
The Environmental Protection Agency announced it has added 23 chemicals to its Toxic Substances Control Act Work Plan for Chemical Assessments. Many of the chemicals have been considered a "moderate" concern and can be found in consumer products, including some used by children, according to EPA.
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Groups Call for Labeling 300 Inerts; EPA Delists 72 Already Discontinued
eNews Park Forest
Calling it a response to a petition filed by Beyond Pesticides and other groups back in 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposal to remove 72 no longer used inert ingredients from its list of approved pesticide ingredients, as groups asked for public disclosure of all inerts ingredients in pesticide formulations on product labels.
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E-Log Device Certification Considered by FMCSA
Transport Topics
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Oct. 28 issued an "information collection request," seeking public comment on its plans to ask electronic logging device manufacturers to register and self-certify that their products meet the agency's technical specifications.
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FMCSA Recommends Restrictions on Prescribed Narcotics for Drivers
TruckingInfo
Truck drivers who use prescribed narcotics should not be allowed to drive, say the doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on medical matters. The recommendation does, however, signal the deep concern in the medical community about the risks of driving while using Schedule II medications, which include some opioid pain relievers and medications for attention deficit disorder.
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Division on Liability Insurance Hike in Spotlight at Regulatory Meeting
Overdrive
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's work on increasing the liability insurance minimum for motor carriers caused much division at the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee in May of this year. "About half the people on the committee felt like they were not comfortable with the final product," noted MCSAC Chairman Stephen Owings at the opening of the MCSAC's Oct. 28 meeting.
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NTSB: Hands-free Devices Not Safe for CMV Drivers
Safety + Health Magazine
The National Transportation Safety Board has renewed its call to ban the use of hands-free cell phones for all drivers operating commercial motor vehicles. NTSB issued its recommendation Oct. 22 as part of a final report on a May 2013 collision involving a freight train and a dump truck in Rosedale, Maryland.
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MCSAC: Data Quality on Mexican Carriers Suspect, Carriers Allowed
Commercial Carrier Journal
The three-year cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico yielded insufficient data to truly analyze the safety of Mexican carriers' long-haul trucking operations in the U.S., concluded an FMCSA advisory committee Oct. 28. Also, the participant carriers now have standard U.S. operating authority.
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Safety Advisory: Packaging and Handling Ebola Virus Contaminated Infectious Waste for Transportation to Disposal Sites
Federal Register
PHMSA is issuing this safety advisory to provide guidance on the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR, parts 171-180) to persons who prepare, offer, and transport materials contaminated or suspected of being contaminated with the Ebola virus.
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How To Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules
Industrial Distribution
OSHA announced that in 2013, HazCom (Hazard Communication) violations were the second most frequently cited standard of the top 10 violations in workplace compliance inspections. OSHA publishes their Top 10 list annually to inform employers about commonly cited standards, so they can take steps to comply, identify hazards, protect employees and ultimately avoid citations.
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LEGISLATIVE NEWS


Compromise Overdue for TSCA Reform
Plastics News
The Toxic Substances Control Act, by all accounts, is not a good law. The members of Congress who voted it into existence knew at the time it wasn't a good law. It's a paper tiger that is supposed to protect American consumers from harmful chemicals in their homes and workplaces. The fact is, the only thing anyone can agree on when it comes to TSCA is that it's not doing the job.
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INDUSTRY TOPICS


Patent Reform and Its Impact on the Chemical Industry
Chem.Info
Recent changes in U.S. patent law provide some helpful advances for the chemical industry; however, new challenges have also arisen for companies seeking patent protection.
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Leading Economic Indicator Suggests Economy Faces Stronger Headwinds
PR Newswire
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), featured a slight decline of 0.1 percent in October, which is a deceleration from the 0.1 percent gain in September, as measured on a three-month moving average
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Trucking M&A on the Rise Along with Tl Rates, Intermodal Volume
Commercial Carrier Journal
Trucking and logistics deals were on the rise in the third quarter, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers and its quarterly analysis of mergers and acquisitions.
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