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Election 2012: Results point to continued regulatory, legislative challenges
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With the re-election of President Barack Obama, NACD members can anticipate a continued intense regulatory climate. While many key officials will remain in the Obama administration, some agency heads are expected to step down. NACD will monitor these changes and engage in outreach to new players at agencies important to the chemical distribution industry. More



Legislative Update: NGOs release survey results claiming small-business support for stricter chemical regulation
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Setting the stage for the consideration of Toxic Substances Control Act reform legislation in 2013, the American Sustainable Business Council has released survey results claiming that the majority of small businesses support stricter chemical regulation. The ASBC has also started a petition for small-business owners to sign urging Congress to update TSCA. Please let NACD's Jennifer Gibson — jgibson@nacd.com or (571) 482-3047 — know if you were contacted regarding this survey or if you have thoughts regarding its portrayal of small business. More

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Regulatory Update: EPA requests information on impacts of fracking on water resources
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On November 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published an information request in the Federal Register inviting the public to submit data and scientific literature on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. The scope of the study includes the full hydraulic fracturing water lifecycle — from water acquisition, through the mixing of chemicals and injection of fracturing fluids, to the post-fracturing stage, including the management of flowback and produced water and its ultimate treatment and disposal.

The study will include a review of the published literature, analysis of existing data, scenario evaluation and modeling, laboratory studies and case studies. EPA will accept information until April 30, 2013.
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Regulatory Update: FMCSA proposes rule to shut down unsafe motor carriers
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to enable the agency to suspend or revoke the operating authority registration of motor carriers that have shown egregious disregard for safety compliance or that permit persons who have shown egregious disregard for safety compliance to act on their behalf.

These amendments were mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), as passed by Congress and signed by the president last year, and are designed to enhance the safety of commercial motor vehicle operations on the nation's highways. Comments are due on the proposed rule by January 14, 2013.
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  • Action Alert: Possible closure of the Mississippi River next month
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    The Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICIL) has issued an Action Alert asking companies and individuals to contact Congress to prevent closure of part of the Mississippi River next month. CICIL warns that waterborne commerce on the middle Mississippi River between St. Louis, MO, and Cairo, IL, will come to a halt on or about December 10 unless the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers takes emergency action to ensure that water levels do not fall below the level needed to support navigation. Such a closure would impact all barge traffic on the Illinois River and the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS).

    You are encouraged to contact your senators and representatives and urge them to contact the Obama administration to issue a presidential disaster declaration that will remove bureaucratic impediments and allow the Corps of Engineers to take emergency action to keep waterborne commerce flowing.
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    Summary of major federal release reporting requirements
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    Environmental law branches out into a wide variety of industries. For chemical distributors, there are a host of federal guidelines related to environmental law that can affect daily operations and long-term business. This summary takes a big-picture look at some of the major reporting requirements. More

    IEA: US oil output to overtake Saudi Arabia's by 2020
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    U.S. oil output is poised to surpass Saudi Arabia's in the next decade, making the world's biggest fuel consumer almost self-reliant and putting it on track to become a net exporter, the International Energy Agency said. Growing supplies of crude extracted through new technology including hydraulic fracturing of underground rock formations will transform the U.S. into the largest producer for about five years starting about 2020, the Paris-based adviser to 28 nations said in its annual World Energy Outlook. More

    Telematics and EOBRs
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    Telematics are playing a bigger role in managing various aspects of food and beverage fleets. At the same time, the proliferation of state and federal regulations are continuing to impact the transportation sector. For this reason, tools like telematics and electronic on-board recorders are being used to help fleets and fleet operators stay compliant and manage their workload. More

    Link discovered between driver obesity and crash risk
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    A study has confirmed what many in trucking already believed — that there's a direct connection between a truck driver's crash risk and his or her body mass index. Obese truckers, during their first two years on the road, are 43 percent to 55 percent more likely to be involved in a crash when compared against those truckers with a normal BMI. More

    Weighing in on disc brakes
    Penton Business Media via Equities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Stopping-distance regulations were expected to drive adoption of air-disc brakes, but it's looking like concern over weight may be the bigger driver. "Fuel-economy regulations pose impressive challenges," says Fabio Jurchaks, engineering manager for Fras-le North America, a manufacturer of friction material for disc and drum brakes. The new greenhouse-gas and fuel-efficiency rules for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles were crafted jointly by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those regulations, often called the GHG/MPG rules, will be phased in over the next five years. More


     

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