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Regulatory resources: Register today for timely NACD webinar on how to handle EPA inspections
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Registration is still available for the free NACD webinar "What To Do When an Inspector Knocks on Your Door," to take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency increasing its enforcement activities and levying six-figure fines on facilities, it is more important than ever to be fully prepared for unannounced inspections. More

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Regulatory resources: NACD regulatory webinar archives and slides now available
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The archived webinar recordings are now available from two recent NACD regulatory webinars: "EPA Enforcement – What You Need to Know" and "CFATS – Fine Tuning for Efficiency." More

Regulatory update: DOT publishes final rule banning hand-held cellphones
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On Dec. 2, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration jointly published in the Federal Register a final rule banning interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers from using hand-held cellphones while driving. For intrastate drivers, the ban currently only applies to those carrying hazardous materials, but it is likely that the states will apply the ban to all in-state commercial drivers in coming years. More

OSHA expands pilot chemical facilities process safety emphasis program nationwide
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The pilot chemical facilities emphasis program has been expanded nationwide in an effort to reduce catastrophic releases of hazardous chemicals, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced. OSHA will target chemical facilities for inspection based on four sources of information: The Environmental Protection Agency's risk management program, explosives manufacturing industry classification codes, its own inspection database, and area office knowledge of local facilities, the directive said. More

Legislative update: House passes bill to prevent 'ambush' union elections while NLRB votes to move forward with rule
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The House of Representatives voted 235-to-188 in favor of H.R. 3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, to prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from proceeding with its proposed regulations to expedite union elections and allow for the creation of micro-unions in workplaces. Meanwhile, the NLRB held a hearing where the members voted 2-to-1 in favor of a resolution to streamline the expedited union election proposed rule. It is now anticipated that the NLRB will publish the final rule within the next few weeks. More

Legislative update: NACD signs letter in favor of Regulatory Accountability Act, House passes bill
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NACD has joined dozens of other business organizations in sending a letter to the House of Representatives in favor of H.R. 3010, the Regulatory Accountability Act. Click here for a copy of the letter. The House has approved H.R. 3010 by a vote of 253-to-157. A companion bill, S. 1606, is pending in the Senate, but prospects for its consideration on that side of Capitol Hill are unclear. More

Transportation update: Rail worker strike averted — for now
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A potential national walkout of freight rail workers was averted when the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees agreed to an extension of a cooling-off period from heated contract negotiations until Feb. 8, 2012. Contract negotiations involving 13 unions representing more than 120,000 freight rail workers began earlier this year. All have since reached agreements expect the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees. More

Industry News

EPA releases formerly confidential chemical information
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As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's commitment to enhance the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's chemicals management program and increase transparency, the agency is making available to the public hundreds of studies on chemicals that had been treated as confidential business information. The move is part of EPA's plan to make public the chemicals that are not entitled to CBI status. Releasing the data will expand the public's access to critical health and safety information on chemicals that are manufactured and processed in the U.S. More

States struggle to update toxic chemical regulation
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States across the country are trying to bear the burden left by what many people — from environmental health advocates to chemical manufacturers — have described as a gaping hole in federal law. The uneven nature of state regulation leaves virtually no one satisfied. More

House, truckers seek to block HOS change
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Trucking companies have urged Congress to block proposed changes to truck driver work hours, arguing tighter restrictions would backfire by putting more trucks on the road and making highways more congested and unsafe. More


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