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Regulatory resources: EPA inspections webinar archives and slides now available
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The archived recording is now available from the recent NACD Webinar: "What To Do When an Inspector Knocks on Your Door" — presented by attorneys T.H. Lyda and Chad Wissinger of Burns White, LLC. If you missed this timely webinar, you can view and listen to it in its entirety. More

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Regulatory resources: Chemical Data Reporting registration and training now available
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The U.S Environmental Protection Agency has announced that registration is now available for the 2012 Chemical Data Reporting system, the Chemical Data Exchange. Registrants should follow the instructions from the CDX website. The eCDRweb reporting tool will be available through CDX in early January, and the submission period will occur from Feb. 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012. More

Regulatory update: EPA announces work plan to evaluate Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program chemicals
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an overview of the agency's work plan to improve the scientific methods used to evaluate chemicals through the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program. The EDSP requires EPA to screen pesticides and other chemicals for their potential to cause effects similar to those produced by estrogen and other natural hormones. The new work plan, referred to as EDSP21, relies on scientific advancements in computational modeling, molecular biology, toxicology and advanced robotics. More

Regulatory update: FMCSA issues proposed rule on enforcement rules
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On Dec. 13, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the agency's Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier, Intermodal Equipment Provider, Broker, Freight Forwarder, and Hazardous Materials Proceedings. Comments are due on the proposed rule by Jan. 12, 2012. More

Regulatory update: FMCSA reminds motor carriers to update data
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has sent a notice to motor carriers reminding them to update their Motor Carrier Registration forms (MCS-150) now with 2010, or shortly after Jan. 1 with 2011, Vehicle Miles Traveled and Power Unit information to ensure that the agency is using the most accurate data available to calculate. More

Regulatory update: EPA releases fiscal year 2011 enforcement and compliance results
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced its enforcement and compliance results for fiscal year 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011). EPA states that these enforcement actions reduced more than 1.8 billion pounds in pollution, added an estimated $19 billion in pollution controls and collected approximately $168 million in civil penalties. More

Industry News

Senate panel approves multimodal, truck safety bills
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A Senate committee has approved measures that would establish a multimodal freight program, mandate electronic onboard recorders on all trucks, and tighten hazardous materials regulation. The bills, part of a slew of transportation items led by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act, also would give federal regulators more power to pull unsafe carriers off the road and make it harder for fleets ordered out of service to get new authority under new names. More

STB to rule on Union Pacific hazmat requirements
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The Surface Transportation Board is launching a formal proceeding examining a dispute between the Union Pacific Railroad and chemical companies over UP's requirement that the shippers indemnify the railroad for possible hazardous material damages. The STB announced the proceeding in response to a petition Union Pacific filed in April over a dispute with two shippers, Olin Corp. and SunBelt Clor Alkali Partnership. More

EPA ordered to do outside reviews of toxicology database
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When the Environmental Protection Agency crafts a regulatory standard — how much arsenic is safe in drinking water, for example — its staff members rely on scientific assessments of the chemical's toxicity. The quality of these agency reviews have been criticized by industry and on Capitol Hill—criticisms that were backed up earlier this year in a study by the National Academies' National Research Council. Now, Congress has directed EPA to document improvements to the process and to ask the academies to review up to three of its toxicity assessments. More

US chemical output expected to slow
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In its end-of-the-year assessment and outlook for the global chemical enterprise, the American Chemistry Council concludes that "the recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression has stalled." The impact for the U.S. chemical industry will be a glacial pace of growth in 2012. The group's pessimistic appraisal takes into account evidence of an emerging recession in Europe, a slowdown in the U.S. economy, and signs of less-robust growth in Asia. More

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