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Regulatory resources: Register today for EPA enforcement webinars – Nov. 30 and Dec. 13
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Registration is still available for tomorrow's free NACD webinar — Increased EPA Enforcement – What You Need to Know. The webinar will take place at 2 p.m. EST. Also, registration is now available for the next webinar in the series — What To Do When an Inspector Knocks on Your Door — to take place Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. More

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Regulatory update: FMCSA evaluating its civil penalty methodology
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On Nov. 17, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is currently evaluating its civil penalty methodology. Part of this evaluation includes a forthcoming explanation of the Uniform Fine Assessment algorithm, which FMCSA currently uses for calculation of civil penalties. UFA takes into account the statutory penalty factors under 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(D). The evaluation will also consider penalties for small businesses, including the effect of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act on those penalties. More

Regulatory update: FMCSA grants industry petition for rulemaking on Hazardous Materials Safety Permit, but delays action
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has notified NACD and four other trade associations who filed a petition for rulemaking regarding the Hazardous Materials Safety Permit that the agency is granting the petition but will not begin the rulemaking until its Safety Fitness Determination final rule is published. The petition, which NACD and the other organizations filed in December 2010, stated that modifications to the HMSP system are necessary to ensure that qualified carriers are able to continue transporting permitted hazardous materials and to eliminate certain biases in the program. More

Regulatory update: EPA partially grants petition on fracking chemical information
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it is granting a portion of a petition submitted by 120 public health and environmental organizations asking the agency to use its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act to require companies to submit health and safety related information on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. More

Legislative update: Congressman introduces bill to require cleaning product ingredient disclosure
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Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., has introduced H.R. 3457, the Cleaning Products Right-to-Know Act, which would require ingredient labeling on domestic, commercial and institutional cleaning products. The bill would require full ingredient labeling on a product or its packaging, in descending order of predominance by weight. Manufacturers would also be required to provide complete online lists of each product's ingredients. More

Regulatory update: EPA announces acting administrator for chemical safety
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson has informed agency staff that Jim Jones, a longtime EPA career employee, will become the acting assistant administrator for Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, effective Dec. 1. Jones will take over for Assistant Administrator Steve Owens, who will depart on November 30. More

Industry update: Green chemicals standard introduced
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NSF International and the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute recently developed and released a new standard, officially known as NSF/GCI/ANSI (American National Standards Institute) 355 – Greener Chemicals and Processes Information Standard. This new standard establishes criteria for comparing chemicals and processes that help chemical manufacturers and their customers make greener choices. More

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As more states allow heavier trucks on interstates, safety and financial benefits debated
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Critics say that heavier trucks make highways less safe because they're harder to control and stop, and that they leave taxpayers on the hook for damage to roads and bridges. Furthermore, they claim, the latest increases will spur the trucking industry to seek higher limits in other states. But supporters of higher weight limits argue that allowing heavier trucks will actually make highways safer because fewer trucks will be able to move the same amount of goods. More

Trucking report indicates national economic growth
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One of the nation's top trucking economists says continued growth in tonnage hauled by the industry is becoming a clear sign that the U.S. economy is not headed back into a recession. The American Trucking Associations' seasonally adjusted Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.5 percent in October after rising a revised 1.5 percent in September 2011. September's increase was slightly less than the 1.6 percent gain ATA reported Oct. 25 More

Teamsters sue to keep Mexican trucks out
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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Public Citizen and the Sierra Club have filed suit to block Mexican trucks from operating in the United States. Late last month, the first Mexican trucks began entering the United States under a long-delayed pilot program. The issue has been a major point of contention between U.S. labor unions and the Mexican government. More


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