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Legislative Update: NACD calls on Congress, president to reform entitlements
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Last week, NACD joined nearly 231 other business organizations in sending a letter to Congress and President Barack Obama urging them to act to restructure the nation's entitlement programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, in order to make them more financially sustainable.

The letter references the Congressional Budget Office 2012 Long-Term Budget Outlook, which projects that the federal debt will exceed 70 percent of the gross domestic product by the end of 2012, up from 40 percent in 2008.
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Regulatory Resource: EPA to host CDR electronic reporting debriefing webinar
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On Thursday, November 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a webinar providing a debrief for the Chemical Data Reporting electronic reporting tool. The webinar will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. EST. During the webinar, EPA will present high-level statistics on the CDR reporting tool's performance based on information provided by the EPA's Central Data Exchange helpdesk. More

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Regulatory Update: OSHA updates head protection standards
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On Friday, November 16, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule in the Federal Register to update the Head Protection Standards for general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring and construction. This is a confirmation of a direct final rule that OSHA issued June 22 to update the references in its standards to recognize the 2009 edition of the American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection and delete the outdated 1986 edition of that national consensus standard. More

Regulatory Update: Government statistics show increase in MSD cases in 2011
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Earlier in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report, Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work. The report found that the rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases requiring days away from work to recuperate was 117 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2011, statistically unchanged from 2010. The report also found that the median number of days away from work was eight days, also the same as the previous year. More

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    Obama re-election worries chemical industry
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    The U.S. chemical industry is apprehensive about President Barack Obama's re-election, according to representatives of the industry. In particular, groups such as the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates and the National Association of Chemical Distributors are worried the president's second term will feature more forceful environmental regulation. More

    Transportation CFOs most concerned with volatile fuel prices
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    The chief financial officers of middle-market companies surveyed by GE Capital are more positive about the current state of their industry and the economy than they were six months earlier, but many are concerned about fuel price volatility and changes in the hours of service rules. More

    Most Wanted 2013: NTSB pinpoints safety targets
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    In its recently released 2013 Most Wanted List, the National Transportation Safety Board is targeting everything from pipeline safety to distracted driving. The Most Wanted List represents the NTSB's advocacy priorities. It is designed to increase awareness of, and support for, the most critical changes needed to reduce transportation accidents and save lives. More

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    DOE launches online tool for alternative fuel
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    The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory launched an online tool for fleet managers to evaluate the benefits of using alternative fuels. The Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool allows fleet managers to enter the specifics of their fleet and see how much petroleum they would save by using a variety of alternative fuels. More

    CARB posts guidance for electric standby, hybrid electric reefers
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    The California Air Resources Board has posted Regulatory Guidance for Electric Standby and Hybrid Electric Systems for Transport Refrigeration Units. This guidance document explains requirements for the use of electric standby and hybrid electric systems as an option for compliance with California's TRU regulations' in-use performance standards. A TRU's compliance can be maintained beyond seven years if an electric standby or hybrid electric system is integrated into the equipment and used within the guidelines for an Alternative Technology. Also provided are specifications for businesses interested in providing electronic-tracking systems to affected TRU owners. More

    New US-Mexico truck cargo agreement soon to be unveiled
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    At the opening of the NAFTA 2.0 conference held in San Antonio, Texas, to commemorate 20 years since the signing of the North America Free Trade Agreement, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, along with leaders from Mexico and Canada, spoke of the vision for NAFTA into the future. The surprise of the evening though was Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan's announcement that in the next week, an announcement would be forthcoming from the Mexican government regarding the establishment of pre-inspection facilities in Mexico where goods entering that country headed for the United States would be inspected at these Mexican facilities and allowed to enter the U.S. without stopping at the border. More


     

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