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Our View: Waterfront vote affects more than tar sands
Portland Press Herald
The citizen-initiated South Portland Waterfront Protection Ordinance would probably stop Canadian tar sands oil from ever being loaded onto ships in Portland Harbor. If that is all it would do, the ordinance might be a prudent move to protect a vital natural resource. But unfortunately, the ordinance that goes before city voters Nov. 5 could do much more. The broadly worded regulation would prevent the "enlargement ... reconstruction or alteration" of any aspect of the six oil terminals on the South Portland side of the harbor, five of which don't handle crude oil and would never be involved with the transportation of tar sands.
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Legislative Updates



OSHA's Global Harmonization System Training video for employers and employees
Maine Community College System
The Maine Community College System is pleased to partner with the Maine Department of Labor to provide employees and employers across the state with access to detailed information about new federal standards for working with hazardous chemicals. All employees in Maine are required to be trained in this new Global Harmonization System. A 23-minute video, produced by MDOL, makes it possible for employers to offer the training at no cost to employees wherever it is most convenient — at work, at home or even the local library. Compliance is mandatory by Dec 1. This website will help meet compliance requirements of OSHA. Any questions call Will Beck MEMA office 201-729-5298
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National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
U.S. Department of Transportation
FMCSA establishes a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners with requirements that all medical examiners who conduct physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers meet the following criteria: Complete certain training concerning FMCSA's physical qualification standards, pass a test to verify an understanding of those standards and maintain and demonstrate competence through periodic training and testing. Following establishment of the National Registry and a transition period, FMCSA will require that motor carriers and drivers use only those medical examiners on the Agency's National Registry and will only accept as valid medical examiner's certificates issued by medical examiners listed on the National Registry. FMCSA is developing the National Registry program to improve highway safety and driver health by requiring that medical examiners be trained and certified so they can determine effectively whether a CMV driver's medical fitness for duty meets FMCSA's standards.
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Living Smart: Energy-efficiency tax credits
Miami Herald
If you're considering a home-improvement project that will cut energy costs, it's not too late to take advantage of special federal tax credits. But be aware that time is running out. The residential energy-efficiency tax credit had been set to expire at the end of 2011. But early this year, as part of the "fiscal cliff" deal, Congress extended it to include projects undertaken during tax years 2012 and 2013.
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Industry Headlines



Springfield recognized for its 'green' fleet
The State Journal Register
In Illinois, Springfield's effort to go green is getting some national attention. The capital city was recently recognized as having the 37th-greenest government fleet in North America. The award was presented to budget director Bill McCarty and fleet director Mike Palazzolo during a Green Fleet Expo in Phoenix.
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South Portland Professional Firefighters announce opposition to WPO
South Portland Working Waterfront Coalition
Members of the South Portland Professional Firefighters Local 1476 announced their opposition to the so-called Waterfront Protection Ordinance. At a press conference outside of the city's public safety building, the firefighters outlined how the WPO could negatively affect public safety in the city.
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Portland Pipe Line gives up permit it would need for tar sands oil
Portland Press Herald
Portland Pipe Line Corp. has surrendered a permit it would have needed to reverse the flow of its 236-mile underground pipeline and bring in so-called tar sands oil from Canada to South Portland's waterfront. The unusual step is a direct response to the company's critics, who pointed to the environmental permit as proof of an impending project despite Portland Pipe Line's denials of any intention to pursue one.
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Tar sands remains sticky wicket in South Portland
Portland Press Herald
Since May, citizens, businesses, public relations specialists and petroleum industry groups in South Portland have been engaged in an increasingly polarized and emotional debate over the future of the city's deep-water port and its potential role in the global petroleum market.
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Letter to the editor: South Portland waterfront ordinance stirs debate
Portland Press Herald
Letter to the editor: I consider myself an environmentally sensitive person. I was the president of the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy in the late 1970s and placed a conservation easement on our family property in Penobscot Bay to preserve a wilderness area and restrict future development.
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FAME approves $25 million loan to Thermogen Industries
Mainbiz
In an 8-5 vote, the Finance Authority of Maine's board of directors approved a $25 million loan to Thermogen Industries that will allow the energy company to proceed with plans to build a $70 million torrefied wood pellet plant in Millinocket.
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Bill Nemitz: Oil guys pollute South Portland waterfront debate
Portland Press Herald
Bill Nemitz a columnist for Portland Press Herald, writes: "I can think of only two words to describe the all-out, oil-fueled offensive against South Portland's proposed Waterfront Protection Ordinance: unbelievably slick. So slick that it's impossible to navigate this hot-and-getting-hotter campaign without slipping on a scare tactic masquerading as a fact. Take, for example, the flier from the deep-pocketed Working Waterfront Coalition that landed in mailboxes all over South Portland."
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Convenience Stores



Making cents of the tobacco category
CSPnet
As most convenience store retailers are aware, there is no shortage of challenges to today's tobacco category: declining sales, squeezed margins, new competitors in new channels and a cloudy regulatory agenda from the FDA, which has repeatedly delayed webinars that will allegedly give more clarity. "The one thing that's certain is that we're moving into a new age with this category," said David Bishop, managing partner of the Barrington, Ill.-based sales and marketing firm Balvor LLC during the 2013 NACS Show "Tobacco: Vapor, Smoke and Mirrors" session.
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