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Regulatory resources: NACD to host Nov. 30 webinar on increased EPA enforcement
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On Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. EST, NACD will hold a free webinar on recent trends in Environmental Protection Act enforcement activities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically increased its inspections and fines over the past two years. EPA is particularly focusing on Clean Air Act Section 112(r) Risk Management Plan and Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act reporting requirements. More

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Regulatory resources: EPA to hold Nov. 16 webinar on new data reporting requirements
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On Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. EST, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a webinar to assist industry with the reporting process for the 2012 Chemical Data Reporting rule. The webinar is intended for industry stakeholders who will be reporting in response to the CDR requirements, formerly known as inventory update reporting. More

Regulatory alert: FMCSA announces expanded CDL tank endorsement requirement
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a new interpretation of the term "secured" that will require tank endorsements on commercial drivers' licenses for transportation of bulk containers of with a capacity of 1,000 gallons or more. This will impact holders of DOT Special Permit 12412, as these operations typically exceed 1,000 gallons. More

Regulatory update: Hours of service rule in final review stage
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The U.S. Department of Transportation sent the hours of service rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final review. OMB has 90 days to formally review the rule, after which time it will most likely be published in the Federal Register as a final rule. This action comes just a few days after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a delay in the publication of the final rule, which had been scheduled for release by the end of October. More

Security resources: Still time to register for Nov. 16 CFATS webinar
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CFATS seems to have stalled as Congress works through the next phase of funding the program. But before it rises back up, there are smart steps you can take to ensure you are ready. This webinar, to take place Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 1-2 p.m. EST, will address how you can examine your program; get your paperwork in order; close gaps in security and operating procedure; and address tough questions about economies of scale. More

Legislative update: NACD applauds efforts in Congress to restrict NLRB
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On Oct. 26, the House Education and Workforce Committee approved H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. The bill directly addresses the National Labor Relations Board's "ambush" election rulemaking and the decision in "Specialty Healthcare," which opens the door to "micro-unions." NACD opposes NLRB's actions and supports efforts to block the board from moving forward with the ambush election proposal. More

Regulatory update: EPA signs pesticide general permit — duplicate permits required in some cases
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed a final pesticide general permit that requires applicators of pesticides in or near U.S. waters to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits under the Clean Water Act. This will result in duplicate permitting for those whose discharges are already covered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Legislation in Congress to prevent the duplicative permitting did not make it through the process in time for the Oct. 31 court-ordered deadline for implementation of the permit. More

State regulatory update: California releases draft green chemistry regulations
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On Oct. 31, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control released an informal draft of the Safer Consumer Products Regulations. Under the draft, DTSC will establish a chemicals of concern list, develop a priority products list, require companies to conduct alternatives assessments, and identify and impose regulatory responses on priority products and chemicals of concern. More

Industry News

EPA announces final study plan to assess fracking
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced its final research plan on hydraulic fracturing. At the request of Congress, EPA is working to better understand potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. The initial research results and study findings will be released to the public in 2012. More

APLA: Latin American economic growth offers petrochemical industry opportunities
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Latin America's middle classes have grown by millions, creating a new consumer base for homes, appliances and automobiles — all important chemical end markets. Continued growth in Latin America's economies can provide new opportunities for the petrochemical industry, says APLA president Pedro Wongtschowski. More

Euro turmoil hurts chemicals
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Any delay to the implementation of a rescue plan for Greece could derail the global economic recovery. Chemical markets are already volatile, with production cuts in Europe and Asia. More


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