Overdrive Staff | January 01, 2010

According to EPA, GHGs are the primary driver of climate change, which can lead to hotter, longer heat waves that threaten the health of the sick, poor or elderly; increases in ground-level ozone pollution linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses; and other health threats.

EPA’s decision coincides with a decision by a United Nations panel to investigate claims that scientists manipulated global warming data. The controversy emerged after the discovery of thousands of e-mails between scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit and other researchers worldwide that suggested attempts to suppress or manipulate data.

— Staff reports

 Compliance now required for two FMCSA rules

Two Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations adopted in the waning days of the Bush administration regarding new entrant safety assurance and intermodal equipment providers – took effect last month.

Compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new rule on new entrant safety assurance began Dec. 16 – one year after the final rule was issued.

The rule makes a carrier’s failure to comply with any one of 16 regulations deemed essential for basic safety management grounds for an automatic failure of a safety audit. Failing the audit could lead to revoking registration.

For a copy of the regulation, go to www.regulations.gov and search FMCSA-2001-11061.

Compliance with regulations addressing intermodal equipment providers (IEPs) began Dec. 17. The rules make IEPs subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for the first time.

For a copy of the regulation, go to www.regulations.gov and search FMCSA-2005-23315.

— Staff reports

Trucking job losses fall in November

Payroll employment among for-hire trucking companies in November dropped 0.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from October.

Employment is down 8.7 percent from November 2008, according to preliminary figures released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. With the estimated 2,400 jobs lost in November, the trucking industry has lost a little more than 89,000 jobs since the end of 2008 – a decline of 6.7 percent. Job cuts since July 2008 – just before the current decline – total 139,700.

The BLS numbers reflect all payroll employment in for-hire trucking, but they don’t include trucking-related jobs in other industries, such as a truck driver for a private fleet.

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