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Congress Passes Long-Term CFATS Authorization Bill
After years of NACD's engaging with regulators, lawmakers, and other industry stakeholders, both the Senate and House unanimously passed H.R. 4007, the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014 last week. The legislation reestablishes and extends for four years the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and implements a series of important changes to make the program more efficient and effective.
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NACD Files Comments Opposing State Proposal to Substantially Increase TURA Fees in Massachusetts
Last week, NACD submitted comments to the Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Administrative Council in opposition to the agency's proposal to substantially increase the Toxic Use Reduction Act fees.
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OSHA's Response to NACD's Request for Letter of Interpretation on Pre-Printed GHS Labels with Red Diamonds
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has confirmed to NACD that the Hazard Communications regulations do not allow the use of empty red frames with "Intentionally Left Blank" in black lettering to indicate no additional chemical hazards.
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REGULATORY UPDATES


Regulatory Checklist Now Contains Information on OSHA's Combustible Dust Standards
The Comprehensive NACD Regulatory Checklists have been updated to add the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Combustible Dust Standards including compliance resources. To download the updated version of the checklists visit the Comprehensive NACD Regulatory Checklists section of NACD's website or click READ MORE to view the added standards.
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National Labor Relations Board Finalizes Ambush Elections Rule
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued its anticipated "Ambush Elections" final rule. This rule substantially shortens the time between when a union petitions for an election and when the NLRB conducts the election. The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which NACD is a member, will file suit to prevent this rule from taking effect.
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EPA Announces Final Rule Increasing Scope of RCRA Regulations
The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set new standards in December to restrict recycling of hazardous waste. The rule seeks to protect people who live near manufacturing and recycling plants, while balancing their needs against the benefits of recycling, the agency said.
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Restart Rollback: Reading the Fine Print
Fleet Owner
Once final feathers are ruffled and this lame-duck Congress waddles off, it will no doubt leave in its wake a suspension of the two provisions of the Hours-of-Service (HOS) restart rules regarded as most onerous by trucking.
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Coming Soon: No Defects Means No Driver Inspection Report
TruckingInfo
As soon as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes the final rule, probably on Dec. 18, truck drivers will no longer have to file inspection reports when there are no defects in the truck. The agency has been pursuing this change for more than a year in response to President Barack Obama's call for federal agencies to cut bureaucratic red tape.
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LEGISLATIVE NEWS


Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Funding Bill
The Hill
The Senate voted 56-40 late Saturday evening to pass a $1.1 trillion spending package that funds most of the government through next September. The vote culminates a week of acrimonious sniping and sends the spending bill to President Barack Obama's desk for a signature.
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Hours of Service Restart Relief Included in 'Cromnibus'
Congress has passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to keep the federal government running through September 2015. Included in the bill is a Senate amendment to suspend parts of the hours of service (HOS) rules for trucking safety. President Barack Obama voiced his support for the bill last week and is expected to sign it.
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Hazardous Materials Safety Permit Due Process Requirement Included in Year-End Spending Package
The "Cromnibus" bill to fund the federal government through September 2015 includes a measure to prohibit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from denying a Hazardous Materials Safety Permit (HMSP) renewal before a permit holder "has the opportunity to present its own corrective actions and the Secretary determines such actions are insufficient." This is a victory for companies who hold HMSPs.
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Senate Committee Hearing on Chemical Executive Order Raises Questions on EPA Timetable for RMP Rulemaking
On the last day of session for the 113th Congress, the Senate Environment and Public Works and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees held a joint hearing on the Oversight of the Implementation of the President's Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. During the hearing, Senator David Vitter (R-La.) and others questioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its aggressive timetable for finalizing a Risk Management Program (RMP) final rule.
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Senate Passes Cybersecurity Measures
The Hill
The Senate passed multiple measures directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deal with cybersecurity and anti-terrorism issues. The three bills were passed by voice vote on Wednesday, while the Senate tries to tie up legislative issues before the end of the year.
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Federal Data Security Bill Heads to Obama's Desk
The Hill
The Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA), which passed the Senate unanimously last Monday night, made it through the House without opposition. The bill aims to change the way government agencies manage and respond to data breaches. It authorizes the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to set policies regarding federal information security and directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help implement those policies.
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U.S. Chemical Output Estimated to Grow 4 Percent Until 2020
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U.S. chemical output is estimated to increase approximately 4 percent a year until 2020, according to the latest data from the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The "Year End 2014 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook" report stated that chemical output is expected to increase 3.7 percent in 2015 and 3.9 percent the following year compared to the 2 percent growth this year.
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As Fuel Prices Drop, Trucking Sees Opportunity to Raise Freight Rates
Bloomberg News via The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As shippers of everything from toys to tools enjoy as much as $24 billion in savings from lower diesel surcharges next year, trucking companies see an opening to raise freight rates at a pace not seen in about a decade.
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