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Legislative and Regulatory Resources: Registration open for NACD 2013 Legislative and Regulatory Outlook webinar
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Please join NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson and Senior Manager of Government Affairs Elizabeth O'Neal at 12 noon Eastern time on Thursday, January 3, for a webinar on the legislative and regulatory outlook for 2013. Although the recent election did not cause a shift in party control in either the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives, the leadership of several committees will change, which could impact the direction of several of NACD's key issues such as chemical facility security and Toxic Substances Control Act modernization. More



Regulatory Resources: FDA guidance on Food Safety Modernization Act
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has posted compliance guidance on the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law on Jan. 4, 2011. The FSMA amended section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act [21 U.S.C. § 350d], which requires domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption in the U.S. to register with FDA. These requirements extend to facilities that handle food grade chemicals, or chemicals that will be used in food packaging. Under the law, registrants must now submit additional information to FDA. More

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Regulatory Update: EPA withdraws final rule on cadmium
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On December 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published an intermediate final rule requiring the reporting of existing and unpublished health and safety data for cadmium and cadmium compounds used in consumer products pursuant to section 8(d) of the Toxic Substances Control Act. Based on several letters raising questions and concerns about the scope and extent of the immediate final rule, EPA has decided to withdraw the rule and will sign a Federal Register notice announcing this decision no later than January 2, 2013, which is the effective date of the rule. EPA will then consider the questions and concerns raised in response to the rule and determine the next steps for the rule. More

Labor Update: Strike at East Coast, Gulf ports becoming more likely
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Just weeks after the resolution of a work stoppage at ports on the West Coast, it is becoming more likely that dock workers at 14 ports on the East and Gulf Coasts will begin to strike at the end of this month. Discussions are underway between the International Longshoremen's Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance, but these talks are reportedly not going smoothly. Last week, the ILA voted to authorize a strike if an agreement is not reached by December 29, 2012, the expiration date of the current contract. Following this vote, the National Industrial Transportation League sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to quickly implement measures within his authority to continue operations and services while more time is secured to reach an agreement. More

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    OSHA's 'pop quiz' approach in emphasis program for chemical facilities
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    In contrast to the comprehensive inspections the Occupational Safety and Health Administration relied on in its process safety reviews of oil refineries, the agency is taking a "pop quiz" approach for its National Emphasis Program for chemical facilities, a process safety management consultant said in a Dec. 11 BNA webinar. More

    Court schedules oral arguments in hours of service case
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    Oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the hours of service rule will be held March 15 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It typically takes the court two to three months to rule following arguments, which means it should hand down its decision before the new HOS rule is scheduled to take effect in July. More

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    Doing the math on CSA lighting infractions
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    One of the things that emerges from a study of CSA fleet regulations is that lighting infractions are one of the leading reasons a fleet's maintenance score can deteriorate. It's not just that a nonfunctioning tail lamp is a six point violation — in 2011, lighting violations accounted for four of the top 11 violation categories, or 22.3 percent of all violations. This adds to the fact that lighting violations are one of the easiest categories to prevent and control. More

    Fatal wreck prompts FMCSA to shut down reincarnated company
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    A fatal wreck in North Carolina has offered an apparent window into the ability of some trucking companies to continue operating with no effort to appear compliant with safety regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered both ends of a reincarnated motor carrier to shut down after investigations found "flagrant disregard" for multiple regulations, including substance testing and hours of service requirements. In December, FMCSA ordered Murfreesboro, N.C.-based Two Dayes Trucking and Two Dayes Transport to immediately cease all commercial motor vehicle operations. FMCSA's action comes on the heels of a fatal wreck Nov. 12. More

    American Chemistry Council: Shale gas to sustain chemical industry
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    Though rising uncertainty over the fiscal cliff, debt ceiling and tax reform have hindered business confidence, the most important domestic energy development in the last 50 years is poised to reshape American manufacturing, with access to vast shale supplies creating a competitive advantage. This is according to the "Year-End 2012 Situation and Outlook," published by the American Chemistry Council trade group. More

    Wheels in motion to crush chemical innovation
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    Chemical industry groups say they want to "modernize" the nation's chemical law by applying reasonable reforms that would prevent states from passing a patchwork of conflicting state chemical laws. But industry groups should be careful of what they wish for. In fact, regulatory trends are clearly moving in a dangerous direction, one that threatens to undermine innovation, reduce profits for chemical companies, raise prices and reduce choice for consumers. More


     

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