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Regulatory update: EPA to again make certain RMP data available on Internet
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Emergency Management has announced that it will re-establish Internet access to the non-Offsite Consequence Analysis sections of the Risk Management Plan database beginning in July 2012. Non-OCA information includes an RMP-regulated facility's registration information, information about the history of serious accidental releases at the facility, information on the facility's accident prevention and emergency response programs and an executive summary. It does not include a facility's worst-case or alternative release scenarios or any statewide or national facility rankings developed by EPA. More

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Regulatory update: EPA withdraws significant new use rules for 3 chemicals
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published two notices in the Federal Register to withdraw significant new use rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act for three chemicals: Rutile, tin zinc, calcium-doped (PMN P-06-36; CAS No. 389623-01-2); rutile, tin zinc, sodium-doped (PMN P-06-37; CAS No. 389623-07-8); and substituted ethoxyethylamine phosphonate, which was covered by premanufacture notice (PMN) P-95-1950. More

Legislative update: NACD signs letter to Senate leadership asking for relief from duplicative permitting regulations
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NACD recently joined 38 other organizations in sending a letter to House Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., asking them to pass H.R. 872 to prevent duplicative regulation by exempting discharges involving the application of pesticides authorized for sale, distribution or use under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act from new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act. More

Regulatory update: NACD signs letter to president on EPA's utility MACT rule
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NACD has joined well over 100 other members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in sending a letter to the White House urging the president to allow more time for implementation of the final Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule to require coal and oil-fired power plants to reduce emissions of mercury, other metallic toxics, acid gases and organic air toxics. More

Regulatory update: NLRB uses local operations tactic to enforce poster rule 2 months early — why you need not yet comply
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The National Labor Relations Board continues move forward in an outreach effort to require all businesses to post a "Notice of Employee Rights under the National Labor Relations Act," despite the fact that the final rule on posting has been challenged in court and may never be enforced. More

Industry News

US Tox21 to begin screening 10,000 chemicals
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A high-speed robotic screening system, aimed at protecting human health by improving how chemicals are tested in the United States, has begun to test 10,000 compounds for potential toxicity. The compounds cover a wide variety of classifications and include consumer products, food additives, chemicals found in industrial processes, and human and veterinary drugs. More

Wyoming's tainted water puts pressure on EPA to act on gas fracking
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A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report linking hydraulic fracturing for natural gas to groundwater contamination for the first time puts pressure on the agency to move sooner on efforts to regulate drilling. The Dec. 8 report that chemicals consistent with those used in drilling were found in groundwater samples in west-central Wyoming may be used by the agency to accelerate action, according to Ken von Schaumburg, a Washington-based attorney and former EPA deputy general counsel. The EPA is weighing three rules on fracturing, or fracking, the first of which is planned for April. More

EPA publishes list of new substances covered by TSCA section 5
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published in the Federal Register all substances for which it received a premanufacture notice, an application for a test marketing exemption, and notice of commencement to manufacture new chemicals under review. More

Truck crash deaths rose 8.7 percent in 2010
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Truck-related fatalities rose 8.7 percent last year, reversing a long-term trend, while overall highway deaths dropped to their lowest level since 1949, the Department of Transportation said. In 2010, 32,885 people were killed in accidents of all kinds, a 2.9 percent decrease from 2009, said a preliminary report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. However, 3,675 people were killed in large truck crashes, NHTSA said. That figure includes truck drivers and drivers and passengers of other vehicles. More

Truckload carriers bullish on 2012 rates
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A large majority of truckload carriers expect freight volumes and truck rates to rise next year, according to new survey. Optimism buoyed by manufacturing demand and pre-holiday sales appears to offset economic uncertainty. More than 60 percent of truckload carriers surveyed in November said they expect volumes to increase in 2012. Only 2 percent expect freight levels to drop next year, trucking analysis and research firm Transport Capital Partners said. More


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