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Regulatory Update: DOT Requests Input on Hazardous Materials Incident Reporting
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On Nov. 21, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments to be used for an assessment to improve the collection, analysis, reporting and use of data related to accidents and incidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials. More



Regulatory Update: 3 Major Affordable Care Act Rules Proposed
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On Nov. 26, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published three proposed rules in the Federal Register on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The first proposal, addressing rating and pre-existing conditions, would prohibit health insurance companies from discriminating against individuals because of pre-existing or chronic conditions. Under the rule, which would take effect in 2014, insurance companies would be allowed to vary premiums based only on age, tobacco use, family size and geography. More

Compliance Assistance: OSHA has updated the General Industry Digest
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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's updated General Industry Digest — a booklet that summarizes General Industry safety and health standards to help employers, supervisors, workers, health and safety committee members, and safety and health personnel learn about OSHA standards in the workplace — is now available. More

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Regulatory Resources: EPA to Host Webinar on Updated CDX Registration Process
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On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a webinar to demonstrate the updated Central Data Exchange registration process and to answer questions related to CDX registration. The webinar will take place from 1-3 p.m. EST. More

Regulatory Resources: Reminder — EPA to Host CDR Electronic Reporting Debriefing Webinar
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This Thursday, Nov. 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- 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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  • Action Alert: Update on December Mississippi River Closure
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    The Chemical Industry Council of Illinois has released an update on the likely closure of part of the Mississippi River in the next few weeks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began reducing the flow of water from the Upper Missouri River last week, which will seriously jeopardize water levels and make normal barge transportation almost impossible between St. Louis, MO and Cairo, IL. This is part of the U.S. Army Corps annual operating plan. More


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    Using the safety management cycle
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    The Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement model has been fine-tuned on multiple occasions since the program's inception by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. One constant within the model, first appearing during the pilot project, but not drawing much attention until recently, is the agency's Safety Management Cycle, developed to help motor carriers identify weaknesses that contributed to a specific violation during a roadside inspection or an audit of their records. By analyzing the root cause of the problem area, you can continuously improve your business practices to improve your CSA scores and reduce the risk of a serious crash. More

    Truck driver shortage growing
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    Sure, it takes skill and training to drive a tractor-trailer and back it in to a loading dock or make a left-hand turn at a busy intersection. But for those who drive trucks, it's not nearly as difficult as navigating the long and arduous days and lifestyle of a trucker, including the lack of a firm schedule. Also taxing on the industry are rules and regulations intended to protect motorists from tired truckers and truckers themselves from pushy schedulers. The end result, though, is undeniable. The nation has a trucker shortage. And it's expected to get worse over the next 20 years. More

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    US freight numbers down in October
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    The closely watched American Trucking Associations' tonnage index fell 3.8 percent in October, with Hurricane Sandy blamed for some of the negative direction. Also, Cass Information Systems reported a decline in October freight shipments, with the threat of an October strike by the International Longshoremen's Association blamed for a "rescheduling of freight deliveries" among major ports. More

    Wal-Mart's prototype tractor-trailer the talk of the industry
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    The decision by Wal-Mart to conduct a pilot of a 60-foot-high cube tractor-trailer in Ontario, Canada, caught the transportation industry off guard. The surprise is not so much that a newer and longer piece of trucking equipment is being trialed. This was inevitable. The surprise is that the initiative was driven by a large shipper and not by a trucking association or trucking company in Canada or the United States. More


     

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