NACD News Brief
Aug. 2, 2011

Advocacy update: Save the date for NACD's 2012 Washington Fly-In (May 15-17)

With a divided House and Senate, regulatory agencies are increasingly attacking NACD businesses in new and aggressive ways. Your participation in the NACD Washington Fly-In is more important than ever. Congress needs to hear your directly from you, and the most effective way you can promote sound public policies benefitting your business is by an in-person visit to your representatives' Washington D.C., offices.More

Regulatory update: PHMSA responds to industry petitions on HM-233B Special Permits rule

On July 26, the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published in the Federal Register a response to appeals/corrections document to final rule HM-233B. This final rule, which took effect on March 7, requires the submission of additional information with applications for DOT Special Permits. As published in January, the rule requires special permit applicants to include the name, address, and physical address(es) of all locations where the permit will be used; the name of the company CEO or president; the Dun and Bradstreet number; and the number of shipments expected to be transported under the permit.More

Regulatory update: EPA begins process of regulating BPA

On July 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published in the Federal Register an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comments on requiring toxicity testing to determine the potential for bisphenol A to cause adverse effects, including endocrine-related effects, in environmental organisms at low concentrations. Comments are due by Sept. 26.More

Legislative update: Senate subcommittee discusses motor carrier safety programs

On July 21, the Senate Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Subcommittee held a hearing on the reauthorization of motor carrier safety programs. Earlier this year, NACD filed comments with FMCSA expressing concerns about an agency proposed rule to require all interstate carriers currently using Records of Duty logbooks to use EORBs to monitor hours of service compliance.More

NTSB raises rollover bar
Hazardous Cargo Bulletin
Following a recent investigation into a rollover accident, the NTSB has issued 20 safety recommendations, some of which could have far-reaching consequences for industry. It has asked FMCSA and PHMSA to implement a comprehensive rollover prevention program and tasked PHMSA with analysis accident data to identify cargo tank designs that are susceptible to failure after an accident.More

EPA proposes air pollution standards for fracking
The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency has floated first-ever federal regulations aimed at cutting harmful air pollution from hydraulic fracturing. The proposed regulations require reductions of smog-forming emissions at new or modified wells that are drilled using hydraulic fracturing, and the rules also apply to a number of other processes and pieces of equipment used by the oil and gas industry, including natural-gas transmission and crude oil storage tankers.More

California to evaluate 39 new chemicals, including BPA, under Proposition 65
Chemical Watch
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has announced that 39 additional chemicals, including bisphenol A, and butyl benzyl phthalate, are being evaluated by the state's Carcinogen Identification Committee for potential addition to Proposition 65, the list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm under California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act 1986.More

BASF sees slowdown
The Wall Street Journal
BASF, the world's largest chemicals company by sales, recently said it expects growth to slow in the second half of the year, as pent-up demand from customer industries that BASF had scrambled to serve in recent quarters stabilizes. The company also warned that the sovereign debt crises in Europe and the U.S. may hurt economic growth and rising raw materials prices threaten to reduce demand and profit margins, and high oil prices make customers more cautious.More

Rubber industry seeks bio-based chemicals potential
ICIS Chemical Business
Development of renewable-based chemicals for rubber manufacture is expanding amid rising prices for petroleum-based rubber chemicals. Isoprene is a key material used to make polyisoprene — a synthetic rubber used for tire manufacture — and is traditionally produced as a by-product of the thermal cracking of naphtha or crude oil, as well as a co-product in the production of ethylene.More